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Malta 1901, 1901

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 3

Scope and Contents

Contains platinum prints, measuring circa 275 x 210 mm. and mounted in an untitled red half leather album, which from marks on its front cover once had a Maltese Cross attached inscribed: 'Malta 1901' in Queen Mary's hand on the flyleaf. Though the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (as they then were) visited Malta on HMS Ophir from 25-27 March 1901, on their way to Australia, this album is not a record of their visit, but a collection of local scenes, including places they visited, presumably presented on that occasion. Plate 5 is marked R. Ellis. Titles are marked on the prints; plates 1-6 are of Valletta, plates 7-54 the Co-Cathedral of St John, 55-68 the Governors Palace (both these buildings were visited in the morning of 26 March), 69 St Antonio Palace (27 March), 70-71 Mdina Cathedral (26 March) and 72 the Chapel of Bones. The Co-Cathedral of St. John, originally built as a Conventual Church of the Order of St John (the Knights of Malta) 1573-1577, and containing memorials of its Grand Masters, it was created a co-Cathedral in 1816. It is probable that the whole collection came from the studio of Richard Ellis.


  • Creation: 1901


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Biographical / Historical

Richard Ellis (floruit 1870-1929), a commercial photographer, founded his photographic business in Malta in 1871 and his studio in 1915. The studio was located at 278 Strada Reala, Valletta.


1 album(s) (72 images in 1 boxed album)

Language of Materials



An account of the visit is in: Wallace, D. (1902), The web of empire: a diary of the imperial tour of their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York in 1901, London : Macmillan, p. 29-41. A detailed account of the Co-Cathedral of St John is found in: Scicluna, H.P. (1955), The Church of St John in Valletta; its history, architecture and monuments, with a brief history of the Order of St John from its inception to the present day, San Martin, Malta : Scicluna. A shorter account is in: Sammut, Edward (1950), The Co-Cathedral of St John, formerly the Conventual Church of the Order of Malta, and its art treasures, Malta : Progress Press Ltd.


GD. PJ (main entry and indexing).

Date information

DateText: Date of presentation of album.


? Ellis, Richard, fl 1870-1929, photographer

Finding aid date

2002-06-24 12:27:21+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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