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Photograph - Interior view of the Patent Museum, South Kensington Museum (the 'Brompton Boilers')
  • Interior view of the Patent Museum, South Kensington Museum (the 'Brompton Boilers')
    Thompson, Charles Thurston, born 1816 - died 1868
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Interior view of the Patent Museum, South Kensington Museum (the 'Brompton Boilers')

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington Museum (photographed)

  • Date:

    1857-1864 (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:

    33965

  • 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

An albumen print of the interior of an exhibition space with various mechanical objects in display in cases. In the backgrounnd along the perimeter wall are framed documents, prints and drawings.

Place of Origin

South Kensington Museum (photographed)

Date

1857-1864 (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'
classification system label

library stamp
blindstamp, upper centre mount

'943'
ink, upper right mount

Dimensions

Height: 23.9 cm image, Width: 28.7 cm image, Height: 26.8 cm mount, Width: 33.2 cm mount

Descriptive line

Mounted albumen print, interior view, Patent Museum, South Kensington Museum (the 'Brompton Boilers'), c. 1857-1864

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Albumen process; Photography

Subjects depicted

Machines; Museums

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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