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Royal Patrons

The Queen and Prince Albert’s patronage helped foster the new art form of photography. They attended exhibitions, became patrons of the newly established Photographic Society of London, commissioned portraits and purchased the work of British photographers. Queen Victoria preferred portraits, while Prince Albert acquired topographical views and ‘fine art’ photographs.


Leonida Caldesi (1823-91)

Queen Victoria, 1857

After John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)