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Photograph - 1862 International Exhibition, South Kensington, under construction
  • 1862 International Exhibition, South Kensington, under construction
    Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education
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1862 International Exhibition, South Kensington, under construction

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington (photographed)

  • Date:

    4 June 1861 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Credit Line:

    Presented by F. Fowkes, 5 September 1905

  • Museum number:

    PH.2235-1905

  • 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 mounted sepia-coloured photograph of a facade of columns and arches under construction and scaffolding. Architectural details are stacked in the foreground.

Place of Origin

South Kensington (photographed)

Date

4 June 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'
Museum classification label, lower right recto.

'Exhibitions. Exhibition of 1862 / Well sunk in angle between Exhibition & Cromwell Roads.'
ink, lower right mount, recto

Descriptive line

Photograph, 1862 International Exhibition, South Kensington, under construction, albumen print, 4 June 1861

Subjects depicted

Arches; Exhibitions; Columns

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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