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Photograph - View of disused former entrance, Royal Horticultural Society Gardens with a view of the Imperial Institute in the background, South Kensington
  • View of disused former entrance, Royal Horticultural Society Gardens with a view of the Imperial Institute in the background, South Kensington
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View of disused former entrance, Royal Horticultural Society Gardens with a view of the Imperial Institute in the background, South Kensington

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Royal Horticultural Society (The Royal Horticultural Gardens was built between 1887-93. , photographed)

  • Date:

    c. 1908 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin silver print

  • Museum number:

    32154

  • Gallery location:

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

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 black and white photograph of a building with scalloped decorative molding along roofline. In the background is seen the tower of a nearby building. A lone man is standing on the corner.

Place of Origin

Royal Horticultural Society (The Royal Horticultural Gardens was built between 1887-93. , photographed)

Date

c. 1908 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Unknown (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print

Marks and inscriptions

'VAM G/'
label affixed to mount

Dimensions

Height: 24.4 cm image, Width: 29.2 cm image, Height: 26.8 cm mount, Width: 32.8 cm mount

Historical context note

This museum number is actually the negative number for the photograph which is a dupe of PH.756-1908 which was taken ca. 1908. This museum number should be for a photograph by C.T. Thompson of an object from the Louvre. The negative number 32154 was erroneously assigned as the museum number.

Descriptive line

Mounted photograph, disused former entrance to Royal Horticultual Society Gardens with the Imperial Institute visible in the background, South Kensington, c. 1908

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Gelatin silver process; Photography

Subjects depicted

Horticultural societies

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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