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photograph - Yuste: Remains of the Palace of Charles V
  • Yuste: Remains of the Palace of Charles V
    Clifford, Charles, born 1821 - died 1863
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Yuste: Remains of the Palace of Charles V

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Spain (photographed)
    Yuste (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

Welsh photographer 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. His wife Jane, worked with him, and took over the family business after his death in 1863. Clifford worked with daguerreotypes, paper negatives until aobut 1854 and from then on, with wet collodion.

Physical description

A mounted sepia-coloured photograph showing the remains of a palace covered partly by trees. A group of four figures is visible at the base of the building. A man is visible leaning over the railing of a covered terrace.

Place of Origin

Spain (photographed)
Yuste (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 with a crown on recto at the bottom centre

2 14
Stamp on verso


Height: 518 mm mount, Width: 422 mm mount

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.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Charles Clifford, 'Yuste: Remains of the Palace of Charles V', albumen print, ca. 1850s


Photographic paper


Photography; Albumen process

Subjects depicted



Photographs; Architecture; Tourism & Travel


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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