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South Kensington Museum, Ellison Picture Gallery

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington Museum (photographed)

  • Date:

    1868 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Davis Burton, J. (photographer)
    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 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 pair of stereocopic sepia-coloured photographs of a display of framed paintings.

Place of Origin

South Kensington Museum (photographed)


1868 (photographed)


Davis Burton, J. (photographer)
Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print


Height: 33.1 cm mount, Width: 26.7 cm mount

Descriptive line

Stereoscopic photographs by J. Davis Burton, from the London Series, South Kensington Museum, Ellison Picture Gallery, albumen prints, 1868

Subjects depicted

Subject; Watercolours; Museums


Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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