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Leonida Caldesi (1823-91)

Queen Victoria, 1857 1857

RCIN 2931295

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The photographic session between the royal couple and photographer John Mayall on 15 May 1860 was an important occasion: for the first time, the photographs of the Queen were published. The public had never seen or been able to buy a photograph of the Queen before and once on sale, the images were extremely popular.