A small vintage portrait photograph of Albert, Prince Consort (1819 - 14 December 1861)
An albumen paper photograph (44 × 29 mm), mounted on a piece of plain card (90 × 63 mm) loosely inserted by the corners in short diagonal slits in a leaf detached from an album. At the foot of the page is a six-line lament for the late Prince, signed and dated 'B. Ravenshaw. March 3rd 1862'; the verso of the leaf is blank.
The top corners of the leaf are creased; the photograph and its mount are in fine condition.
The following paragraph appeared in 'The Photographic News' (Volume IV, Number 104, 31 August 1860, page 215, sourced from 'The Athenaeum'): 'Photography At The Palace. Mr Mayall has put together, in a "Royal Album", the series of royal photographic portraits made by him from time to time at Buckingham Palace. These exquisite studies from the real life are fourteen in number: one of the Queen and Prince Consort, one of the Queen and Princess Beatrice, one of the Queen alone, one of the Prince alone, one of the Prince of Wales and Princess Alice, one of the Prince of Wales, one of Princess Alice, one of Prince Alfred, one of the Princesses Helena and Louisa, one of Princess Helena alone, one of Princess Louisa alone, one of Princes Arthur and Leopold, one of Prince Arthur alone, and one of Princess Beatrice; each study reproducing, with a homely truth, far more precious to the historian than any effort of a nattering court artist, the lineaments of the royal race. The Album reflects the highest credit on Mr Mayall' (Luminous-Lint website). We have not ascertained whether this particular image appeared in the album, but the portrait is definitely by Mayall.