Prince Albert (1819-61)
Daguerreotype of Prince Albert, the Prince Consort, taken in 1842. 'Beard Patentee' is stamped on the mount. The daguerreotype is housed in a brown leather case with 'PA Feb 1842' stamped in gilt on the exterior of the case lid.
This tiny object, now fading fast, was the first photograph ever to be taken of a member of the British royal family. Prince Albert visited William Constable's studio in Brighton, while the court was residing at the Royal Pavilion. Accompanied by visiting family members from Germany, Prince Albert had his portrait taken. The results were delivered to the Queen a few days later. This daguerreotype is cased for protection. It is a small, intimate and portable object, designed to be held in the hand and easily carried around.