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Kensington Gardens, Albert Memorial, construction work

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Kensington Gardens (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1864 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cundall & Fleming (photographers)
    Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:


  • 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

An albumen print by Cundall & Fleming of the base for a monument under construction. There is scaffolding with workers arranged among it on ladders and on a platform on the top.

Place of Origin

Kensington Gardens (photographed)


ca. 1864 (photographed)


Cundall & Fleming (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/London: Albert Memorial/Duplicate 45.782/
ink, mount

'The National Memorial to the Prince Consort. Hyde Park/No. 4. Details of the ProgressPhotographed by Cundall & Fleming'
label, mount

department classification label, lower right mount


Height: 26.6 cm mount, Width: 32.7 cm mount

Descriptive line

Mounted albumen print, Cundall and Fleming, Kensington Gardens, Albert Memorial, construction work, ca. 1864


Photographic paper


Albumen process

Subjects depicted



Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A; Royalty


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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