'His Royal Highnes The Prince of Wales', 1876.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A photographic portrait of Prince Albert, (1841-1910) eldest son of Queen Victoria, taken by Samuel Robert Lock (1822-1881) and George Carpe Whitfield. Albert was crowned King Edward VII in 1901. The caption underneath the portrait reads, 'Photographed from life expresly for this work, July 17th, 1876.' This Woodburytype is the frontispiece of the first of a series of books entitled 'Men of Mark'. Published between 1876 and 1883, this featured prominent men of the time. A brief biographical esay by Thompson Cooper accompanies each portrait. The Woodburytype was a photomechanical proces patented in 1864 by Walter Bentley Woodbury (1834-1885). It produced high quality images used for book illustration and remained popular until about 1900.