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Photograph - South Kensington Museum, 'Brompton Boilers' showing mechanical engines
  • South Kensington Museum, 'Brompton Boilers' showing mechanical engines
    Thompson, Charles Thurston, born 1816 - died 1868
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South Kensington Museum, 'Brompton Boilers' showing mechanical engines

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington Museum (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1857 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thompson, Charles Thurston, born 1816 - died 1868 (photographer)
    Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    1956-1938

  • Gallery location:

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

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 sepia-coloured photograph of a galleried exhibition space filled with class display cases and examples of machines.

Place of Origin

South Kensington Museum (photographed)

Date

ca. 1857 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Thompson, Charles Thurston, born 1816 - died 1868 (photographer)
Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print

Marks and inscriptions

'A.b. LONDON: South Kensington Museum. / Photograph of the making of the Museum, 1857.'
department classification label, lower right mount

Descriptive line

Photograph by Charles Thurston Thompson, South Kensington Museum, 'Brompton Boilers' showing mechanical engines, albumen print, ca. 1857

Subjects depicted

Machines; Museums

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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