Imperial, royal and noble persons. Album of portrait prints collected by René de Beer, 1912 (?).

  • Beer, René de, active 1912.
21 April 1[?]2 [1912?]
  • Pictures

About this work


Wood engravings, and some chromolithographs, of members of European and Asian imperial and royal houses, noble families, and some portraits of gentry. Portraits include: Duke of Clarence (fol. 3); Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany (fol. 6); Kaiser Wilhelm I (fol 9); Kaiser Friedrich III (fol. 10); Kaiser Wilhelm II; the German Imperial family (wife and children of Kaiser Wilhelm II) (fol. 17); King Leopold I of the Belgians (fol. 22); "Prince Bismarck" (fol. 23); Angela Burdett-Coutts (fol. 121); Sir J.F. Davis (fol. 148)


21 April 1[?]2 [1912?]

Physical description

1 volume (159 pages) : approximately 200 wood engravings and chromolithographs, with manuscript annotations ; pages 31 x 20 cm

Biographical note

Letter from René de Beer dated 21st April 1[?]2 at beginning of album gives his address as Lyndale, First Tower, Jersey. The letter is black-bordered, indicating recent bereavement. If 1902, it could be in mourning for Queen Victoria (d. 1901)


Imperiality royalty nobility "To the purchaser of: 'Imperiality royalty and nobility'. ... Having a great deal of spare time on my hands, a little short of a mania for anything appertaining to Imperiality royalty and nobility must be my excuse for the accompanying book. I have carefully placed them according to precedence as far as is in my power ... It has taken me 14 days to place the portraits in the leaves, but the perusing of the above is and has been a matter of months. ... There are 200 odd portraits, and I will lastly tell you that the coronets which surmount the heads of the 'noble men and ladies' are from my own plate, which I have had engraved. Very truly yours, Rene de Beer"--autograph letter at beginning of album


Wellcome Collection 643896i


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  • portrait album of René de Beer

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