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photograph - Seville: Alcazar
  • Seville: Alcazar
    Clifford, Charles, born 1821 - died 1863
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Seville: Alcazar

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Spain (photographed)
    Seville (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850s (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Clifford, Charles, born 1821 - died 1863 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print from wet collodion negative

  • Credit Line:

    Transferred from the British Museum

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 759, box GI

Physical description

A mounted sepia-coloured photograph of the façade of the Alcazar Palace, with Moorish decoration.

Place of Origin

Spain (photographed)
Seville (photographed)


ca. 1850s (photographed)


Clifford, Charles, born 1821 - died 1863 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print from wet collodion negative

Marks and inscriptions

C. CLIFFORD Photo of H M
Embossed stamp on recto at the bottom centre

2 14
Stamp on verso


Height: 36.7 cm image, Width: 31 cm image, Height: 46.7 cm sheet, Width: 37.7 cm sheet

Object history note

This photograph was acquired by the British Museum in 1857 than transferred in 2000 as plan to rationalise the collection and house objects at the V&A where greater expertise and national collections of particular media reside.

Historical context note

Charles Clifford is considered among the finest photographers in nineteenth-century Spain, where he spent most of his career. Settling in Madrid in the early 1850s, Clifford became court photographer to Isabella II and accompanied the Queen on a number of royal tours within the country.
Clifford specialised in the photography of architectural subjects and industrial projects and his work is particularly notable for his technical mastery of the large format view. His unusual treatment of architectural spaces has made him one of the most famous 19th century photographers in Spain. He belonged to both the Sociéte Française de Photographie and the Architectural Photographic Association.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Charles Clifford, 'Seville, Alcazar', albumen print, ca. 1850s


Photographic paper


Photography; Albumen process

Subjects depicted



Architecture; Photographs; Islam; Tourism & Travel


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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