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Photograph - South Kensington Museum, Interior view of South Court, looking eastward from Gallery 38 into Gallery 39, showing display cases in foreground and columns supporting Prince Consort Gallery
  • South Kensington Museum, Interior view of South Court, looking eastward from Gallery 38 into Gallery 39, showing display cases in foreground and columns supporting Prince Consort Gallery
    Cowper, Isabel Agnes, born 1826 - died 1911
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South Kensington Museum, Interior view of South Court, looking eastward from Gallery 38 into Gallery 39, showing display cases in foreground and columns supporting Prince Consort Gallery

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington Museum (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1875 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cowper, Isabel Agnes, born 1826 - died 1911 (photographer)
    Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    75953

  • Gallery location:

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

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 photograph showing an exhibition space populated with glass display cases and ornamented columns and arches.

Place of Origin

South Kensington Museum (photographed)

Date

ca. 1875 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Cowper, Isabel Agnes, born 1826 - died 1911 (photographer)
Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print

Marks and inscriptions

'London: Victoria & Albert Museum / One of the iron piers which support the Prince Consort's Gallery, designed by Godfrey Sykes'
lower right, mount

'A.b. LONDON'
department classification label, upper right mount

library stamp
blindstamp, upper centre mount

Dimensions

Height: 25.3 cm image, Width: 16.9 cm image, Height: 33.30 cm mount, Width: 23.4 cm mount

Descriptive line

Photograph by Isabel Agnes Cowper, South Kensington Museum, Interior view of South Court, looking eastward from Gallery 38 into Gallery 39, showing display cases in foreground and columns supporting Prince Consort Gallery, albumen print, ca. 1875

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Showcases; Museums; Galleries; Columns (architectural elements)

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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