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  • Place of origin:

    Madrid (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca.1858 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Laurent, Juan (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print from collodion negative

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 415

Physical description

A black and white photograph of a helmet.

Place of Origin

Madrid (photographed)


ca.1858 (photographed)


Laurent, Juan (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print from collodion negative

Marks and inscriptions

'J.Laurent 00.043 Fotog. de S.M. Madrid.'
Stamped in ink on the back


Height: 25 cm, Width: 33.9 cm

Object history note

Laurent was active in Paris from the mid 1850s as a daguerreotypist. About 1857 he moved to Madrid. In collaboration with Jose Martinez Sanchez he developed and marketed a new photographic paper which he called 'papel leptografico'. This paper was said to have a longer life prior to exposure and to have equal or better results in clarity and varied tonality of the print. Laurent and Company specialized in the documentation of Spanish non-monumental national treasures.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Juan Laurent, depicting a helmet possibly from the Madrid Armoury, albumen print, Madrid, ca. 1858

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1990


Photographic paper


Albumen print

Subjects depicted



Photographs; Arms & Armour


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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