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Photograph - Exhibition of 1862:  View of foundations in angle between Exhibition and Cromwell Roads
  • Exhibition of 1862: View of foundations in angle between Exhibition and Cromwell Roads
    Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education
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Exhibition of 1862: View of foundations in angle between Exhibition and Cromwell Roads

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington (photographed)

  • Date:

    26 April 1861 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    2202-1905

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 601, box E1

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

A photograph of a group of laborers working in a ditch that is partially covered by wood boards.

Place of Origin

South Kensington (photographed)

Date

26 April 1861 (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 / 1862 Exhibition'
department classification label, lower right mount

Object history note

'Lent by F. Fowke' is written in the photographs register concerning this object. Captain Francis Fowke was the architect and engineer at the Science and Art Department of the South Kensington Museum, now Victoria and Albert Museum. He was responsible for the design of the first permanent buildings on the South Kensington site, and the gallery that housed the Sheepshanks gift of paintings.

Descriptive line

Photograph, Exhibition of 1862: View of foundations in angle between Exhibition and Cromwell Roads, albumen print, 26 April 1861

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Exhibitions; Construction workers

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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