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The Art of Monarchy

A collaboration with BBC Radio 4 to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

William Constable (1783-1861)

Prince Albert (1819-1861) 5 - 5 Mar 1842

RCIN 2932488

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This tiny object, now fading fast, was the first photograph ever to be taken of a member of the British royal family. Prince Albert (1819-61) visited William Constable’s studio in Brighton, while the court was residing at the Royal Pavilion. Accompanied by visiting family members from Germany, he had his portrait taken. The results were delivered to Queen Victoria a few days later.

This daguerreotype is a small and intimate object, designed to be held in the hand and easily carried around.