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Photograph - Guy Little Theatrical Photographs
  • Guy Little Theatrical Photographs
    John Jabez Edwin Mayall, born 1810 - died 1901
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Guy Little Theatrical Photographs

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    London, England (photographed)

  • Date:

    1861 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Jabez Edwin Mayall, born 1810 - died 1901 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured albumen print from wet collodion on glass negative

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Guy Little

  • Museum number:

    3504-1953

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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Object Type
A miniature photographic portrait such as this example, is called a 'carte de visite' (the French for 'visiting card'). This was a photographic format, originating from the visiting card, which was introduced in France in 1854. Cartes were mass produced, and those like Mayall's pictures of the royal couple were ordered by the hundreds of thousands.

People
In March 1861 John J.E. Mayall was entrusted with the important royal commission of photographing Queen Victoria and Albert, the Prince Consort. Albert's death, only nine months after this photograph was taken, created an unprecedented public demand for 'carte de visite' portraits of the royal family. By purchasing such images the public demonstrated its sympathy and shared in a form of public mourning.

Collecting
It was fashionable to collect 'cartes de visite' and compile them in albums. Queen Victoria shared her husband's enthusiasm for photography and had over 100 albums in which she collected portraits from every foreign court.

Place of Origin

London, England (photographed)

Date

1861 (made)

Artist/maker

John Jabez Edwin Mayall, born 1810 - died 1901 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured albumen print from wet collodion on glass negative

Dimensions

Height: 10 cm unmounted, Width: 7 cm

Object history note

Taken in London by John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1810-1901)

Descriptive line

'Cartes de Visite' photograph of Queen Victoria with Prince Albert. Guy Little Collection.

Labels and date

British Galleries:
These intimately posed photographs were taken in the year of Albert's death. It was fashionable to collect 'cartes de visite' (miniature photographic prints) in albums and thousands of these images were sold. [27/03/2003]

Categories

Royalty; Photographs

Collection code

PDP

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