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Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1784-1844) copy from original dating from early 1840s

RCIN 55314

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A gilt metal easel-shaped strut frame, containing an oval photograph of Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, father of the Prince Consort, who died in 1844. This photograph is a copy of the daguerreotype which was the only known photographic portrait of Prince Albert's father. The daguerreotype was casually found by Ernest II, eldest son of Ernest I, in Gotha. Victoria, Crown Princess of Prussia, later sent it to her father, Prince Albert, to be photographed in England. Prince Albert was 'quite overwhelmed' on receiving this precious souvenir of his father, and immediately had it copied. One print was sent to his brother, and several others still exist in the Photograph Collection.