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View of the grounds of the South Kensington Museum, 1891

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington Museum (photographed)

  • Date:

    1891 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cowper, Isabel Agnes, born 1826 - died 1911 (photographer)
    Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    PH.54A-1892

  • Gallery location:

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

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 garden path bordered by fencing and street lights. In the distance can be seen a horse and carriage, and in the further distance, a tall tower.

Place of Origin

South Kensington Museum (photographed)

Date

1891 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Cowper, Isabel Agnes, born 1826 - died 1911 (photographer)
Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print

Marks and inscriptions

'VIEW IN THE GROUNDS OF THE SOUTH KENSINGTON MUSEUM, 1861'

Object history note

Brompton Park House, South Kensington Museum, looking west. Gardens adjacent to the Residences with boiler tower of Natural History Museum visible in the background.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Isabel Cowper, View of the grounds of the South Kensington Museum, albumen print, 1891

Subjects depicted

Museums; Gardens; Street lighting units

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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