The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 3719

The Great Seal of Queen Victoria

Object details

Image size: h 15.2cm x w 15.2cm

Paper size: h 18.6cm x w 21.0cm

Object Type: Paper Negative-Contact

Physical description: mottled; trace of dark border along edges, probably trace of negative edge left behind after print was trimmed in to image

Owner: Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History

Object owner number: 1995.0206.259

Collection: Photographic History Collection

This object is part of Schaaf no. 3719

The Great Seal of Queen Victoria

This photograph of the Great Seal of Queen Victoria is possibly related to a photograph of that description which was exhibited by Talbot in Birmingham in 1839 (see Class 1, Image 1).  

For more information on the exhibition see Larry Schaaf’s blog post dedicated to it.  The seal shows Victoria enthroned between the allegorical figures of Religion and Justice.