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Photograph - Interior view of the architectural and cast gallery at the South Kensington Museum
  • Interior view of the architectural and cast gallery at the South Kensington Museum
    Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education
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Interior view of the architectural and cast gallery at the South Kensington Museum

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Victoria and Albert Museum (photographed)

  • Date:

    c. 1860s (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    32053

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 601, box B

Photographs and photographers were present from the very beginning of the V&A's history and the Museum has an extensive collection of images from the 1850s through to the present which documents the construction and development of the V&A and the South Kensington site.

Originally collected by the National Art Library as part of a programme to record works of art, architecture and design in the interest of public education, these topographic and architectural views were valued as records and as source material for students of architecture and design. As well as being crucial records of the history of the V&A, and an important element within the National Art Library's visual encyclopaedia, these photographs are also significant artefacts in the history of the art of photography.

Physical description

An albumen print of an interior view of the South Kensington Museum showing plaster casts and architectural models and framed material.

Place of Origin

Victoria and Albert Museum (photographed)

Date

c. 1860s (photographed)

Artist/maker

Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print

Marks and inscriptions

'A.b. London'
classification system label

Dimensions

Height: 23.8 cm image, Width: 29.4 cm image, Height: 26.9 cm mount, Width: 33.3 cm mount, Height: 38.3 cm mount, Width: 53.2 cm mount

Descriptive line

Mounted albumen print, interior view of the architectural and cast gallery at the South Kensington Museum, c. 1860s

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Baker, Malcolm and Brenda Richardson. A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1997, p. 127.

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Albumen process; Photography

Subjects depicted

Plaster casts; Museums; Architectural models

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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