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Photograph - Exterior view of the Nave of the International Exhibition Building 1862, as seen through the Eastern Arch; taken from the back of the Residences, South Kensington Museum
  • Exterior view of the Nave of the International Exhibition Building 1862, as seen through the Eastern Arch
    Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education
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Exterior view of the Nave of the International Exhibition Building 1862, as seen through the Eastern Arch; taken from the back of the Residences, South Kensington Museum

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington (photographed)

  • Date:

    June 1864 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    42231

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 601, box E1

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 an archway partially obscured by trees and a wooden picket fence. Through the arch is visible the framework of a vaulted building.

Place of Origin

South Kensington (photographed)

Date

June 1864 (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

'Architecture, etc.
England & Wales
IIaa
London: South Kensington Exhibition
International Exhibition 1862
(Nave through Eastern arch)'
ink, mount

library stamp
partial blindstamp, upper centre mount

'NAVE of the International Exhibition Building, 1862, as seen through the Eastern Arch; taken from the back of the Residences, South Kensington Museum, in June 1864'.
label, lower centre mount

'A.b. LONDON
1862 Exhibition'
classification system label, lower right mount

Dimensions

height: 19.5 cm image, width: 24 cm image, height: 26.2 cm mount, width: 31.9 cm mount

Historical context note

Francis Fowke was the architect of the International Exhibition building

Descriptive line

Mounted albumen print, exterior view, Nave of the International Exhibition Building 1862, as seen through the Eastern Arch; taken from the back of the Residences, South Kensington Museum, June 1864

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Arches; Picket fences

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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