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Photograph - The Great Plane Tree in the courtyard of the South Kensington Museum, painting by George Waters
  • The Great Plane Tree in the courtyard of the South Kensington Museum, painting by George Waters
    Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education
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The Great Plane Tree in the courtyard of the South Kensington Museum, painting by George Waters

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington Museum (photographed)

  • Date:

    1886-7 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    817-1960

  • Gallery location:

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

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 painting of a large tree whose trunk is surrounded by a bench. A small pagoda and two figures are visible in the background.

Place of Origin

South Kensington Museum (photographed)

Date

1886-7 (photographed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print

Descriptive line

Photograph, South Kensington Museum, painting by George Waters of the great plane tree in the courtyard, albumen prit, 1886-7

Subjects depicted

Trees; Paintings; Pagodas

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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