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Prince Albert was an early adopter of portrait photography

European portraits

In the late 1850s, the royal family began to collect cartes- de-visite of European individuals they knew and admired. In order to store and present their vast carte collection, Prince Albert commissioned and compiled a series of albums based on the sitter’s country of origin. The albums include Austrian Portraits, English Portraits, and portraits of European royalty, entitled Royal Portraits.

The albums illustrate the variety of photographers producing cartes-de-visite across Europe during the nineteenth century. Notable photographers include Camille Silvy (1834-1910) and Ludwig Angerer (1827-79)

Prince Albert, Prince Consort, consort of Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-61)

Photographs. Royal Portraits. Volume 47.

Prince Albert, Prince Consort, consort of Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-61)

Photographs. Royal Portraits. Volume 48.

Prince Albert, Prince Consort, consort of Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-61)

Photographs. English Portraits. Volume 68.

Prince Albert, Prince Consort, consort of Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-61)

Photographs. English Portraits. Volume 2/69.

Prince Albert, Prince Consort, consort of Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-61)

Photographs. Austrian Portraits. Volume 72.

Prince Albert, Prince Consort, consort of Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-61)

Photographs. Belgian Portraits. Volume 73.

Prince Albert, Prince Consort, consort of Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-61)

Photographs. Spanish, Portuguese Portraits. Volume 78.

Prince Albert, Prince Consort, consort of Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-61)

Photographs. Coburg Portraits. Volume 74.

Prince Albert, Prince Consort, consort of Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-61)

Photographs. Royal Portraits, Volume 49

Prince Albert, Prince Consort, consort of Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-61)

Photographs. French Portraits. Volume 75.

Attributed to Antoine François Jean Claudet (1797-1867)

Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1824-1884)