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

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Date:

    26/04/1861 (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 Mr. F. Fowke, 5 September 1905

  • Museum number:

    PH.2204-1905

  • Gallery location:

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

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 laborers with shovels and a wheel barrow overseen by a man in tophat.

Date

26/04/1861 (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'
ink, lower right mount, recto

Descriptive line

Photograph, 1862 International Exhibition, South Kensington, view of foundations under construction, 26 April 1861, gelatin silver print

Subjects depicted

Exhibitions; Wheelbarrows; Shovels

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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