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Photograph - South Kensington Museum, South Court, from west side of Cross Gallery showing altar piece and cartoons for frescoes in the House of Lords
  • South Kensington Museum, South Court, from west side of Cross Gallery showing altar piece and cartoons for frescoes in the House of Lords
    Davis Burton, J.
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South Kensington Museum, South Court, from west side of Cross Gallery showing altar piece and cartoons for frescoes in the House of Lords

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • 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:

    Stereoscopic albumen prints

  • Museum number:

    60764

  • 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.

Physical description

Stereoscopic albumen photograph mounted on yellow card of an interior view of a vaulted exhibition space, with skylights and arched alcoves. The tops of glass display cases are visible. There is a wooden altar piece installed on the far wall.

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

Stereoscopic albumen prints

Dimensions

Height: 7.9 cm image, Width: 8.1 cm image, Height: 7.9 cm image, Width: 8.1 cm image, Height: 8.6 cm mount, Width: 17.6 cm mount

Descriptive line

Photographs by J. Davis Burton, No. 14 in the London Series, South Kensington Museum, South Court, from west side of Cross Gallery showing altar piece and cartoons for frescoes in the House of Lords, stereoscopic albumen prints, 1868

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Altars; Museums; Galleries (display spaces)

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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