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Photograph - Construction of 1862 International Exhibition buildings, East front
  • Construction of 1862 International Exhibition buildings, East front
    Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education
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Construction of 1862 International Exhibition buildings, East front

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington (photographed)

  • Date:

    1861 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    1535-1927

  • 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.

This is one of many photographs which were taken to document the construction of the 1862 International Exhibtion buildings.

Physical description

A mounted sepia-coloured photograph of the exterior of a large building under construction. A streetlamp is in the foreground.

Place of Origin

South Kensington (photographed)

Date

1861 (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

'A.b. LONDON / 1862 Exhibition.'
department classification label, mount

Dimensions

Height: 27 cm mount, Width: 33.5 cm mount

Descriptive line

Photograph, Construction of 1862 International Exhibition buildings, East front, albumen print, 1862

Subjects depicted

Exhibitions; Street lighting units

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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