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The Art of Monarchy

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

John Jabez Edwin Mayall (1813-1901)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the Prince Consort, 1860 May 1860

RCIN 2105662

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This portrait of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert is one of a series of photographs of the royal family taken by Mayall in 1860.  The Queen, who had noted in her Journal that Mayall had taken some very successful photographs, authorised the photographer to release as cartes-de-visite some images from the series.  These cartes were cheap to produce and were widely distributed. For the first time, the general public were able to acquire a photograph of their Queen – something that undoubtedly brought the monarch closer to her people.