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Explore how Albert was memorialised across art forms

Louis Joseph Ghémar (1819-73)

Queen Victoria (1819-1901) and Princess Beatrice (1857-1944) Oct 1862

Albumen print | 8.5 x 5.4 cm (image) | RCIN 2908060

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A reoccurring theme in depictions of Queen Victoria’s mourning is an emphasis on the photograph as a conduit between the deceased and living cross-generational sitters; linking past, present, and future together.

This is evident in a series of portraits of Queen Victoria and Princess Helena from 1862 and in this photograph, which shows Princess Beatrice sitting on her mother's lap, holding what we can assume is a small photograph of Prince Albert. This image was later reproduced on the front cover of the Lady’s Newspaper and Pictorial Times on 14 March 1863.