Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014
Prince Albert (1819-1861)
Hand-coloured daguerreotype of Prince Albert, seated and facing partly right. His hands rest on his lap and he is wearing a beige jacket and a dark brown waistcoat. The background is painted blue with white clouds and the daguerreotype is mounted under glass.
Prince Albert was an early enthusiast of photography and closely followed the development of the medium. In Febuary 1847 Kilburn showed examples of his coloured daguerreotypes, made by adding fine coloured powders to the photographic plate, to the Society of Arts. In 1848 Prince Albert commissioned a portrait using the new technique. This is one of two surviving hand-coloured daguerreotypes produced from the sitting.