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Photograph - Exterior view of the South Kensington Museum (the 'Brompton Boilers') under construction with B.L. Spackman in the foreground [?]
  • Exterior view of the South Kensington Museum (the 'Brompton Boilers') under construction with B.L. Spackman in the foreground [?]
    Spackman, Benjamin L.
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Exterior view of the South Kensington Museum (the 'Brompton Boilers') under construction with B.L. Spackman in the foreground [?]

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington Museum (photographed)

  • Date:

    1856 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Spackman, Benjamin L. (Sergeant) (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:

    34967

  • Gallery location:

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

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 building surrounded by scaffolding and construction material. Only the framework of the construciton is completed. A man in a top hat is in the foreground while four workers are visible in the upper level of the framework.

Place of Origin

South Kensington Museum (photographed)

Date

1856 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Spackman, Benjamin L. (Sergeant) (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

'England & Wales
IIa
South Kensington
Victoria and Albert Museum [cut off]
Museum Building (April 7th, 1856)
Lce Corp. B.L. Spackman R.S.M. [Royal Sappers and Miners]
ink, mount

library stamp
blindstamp, partial, upper centre mount

Dimensions

Height: 18.6 cm image, Width: 23.2 cm image, Height: 21.8 cm mount, Width: 25.0 cm mount

Descriptive line

Mounted albumen print, exterior view, South Kensington Museum (the 'Brompton Boilers') under construction, Lance Corporal B. L. Spackman, 1856

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Pipes; Top hats; Museums

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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