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The End of the Grotto, Grove House, South Kensington

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington Museum (photographed)

  • Date:

    1856 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Neelance, Alexander (Lance Corporal) (photographer)
    Royal Engineers (photographers)
    Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    34982

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 601, box 1

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 albumen print of a roller leaning against a tree trunk. In the background, a worker with various garden tools and a basket is standing among the ivy.

Place of Origin

South Kensington Museum (photographed)

Date

1856 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Neelance, Alexander (Lance Corporal) (photographer)
Royal Engineers (photographers)
Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print

Marks and inscriptions

'Studies for Painting
XVIVc
A
80/30
Grotto, end of
(London: Grove House 9South Kensington)
end of the grotto)
The End of the Grotto, Grove House
Lce. Corporal A.J. Neelance
Royal Sappers & Miners
April 1856'
ink and pencil, mount

library stamp
blindstamp, upper centre mount

Dimensions

Height: 17.3 cm image, Width: 22.5 cm image, Height: 26.8 cm mount, Width: 31.9 cm mount, Height: 38.2 cm mount, Width: 53.3 cm mount

Descriptive line

Mounted albumen print, Lce. Corporal A.J. Neelance, The End of the Grotto, Grove House, South Kensington, 1856

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Rakes; Gardens; Baskets; Shovels; Rollers

Categories

Photographs; Gardens & Gardening; Architecture; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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