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South Kensington Museum, North Court, south-west corner, showing cast of Trajan's column

  • 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)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stereoscopic albumen prints

  • Museum number:

    60739

  • 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

Mounted Stereoscopic albumen photographs of a glass roofed display space within which are displayed architectural casts and a large fragment of a column with a carved frieze

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)

Materials and Techniques

Stereoscopic albumen prints

Marks and inscriptions

'Davis Burton's / London Series'
printed on left and right edge of mount

Dimensions

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. 3 in the London Series, 'South Kensington Museum, North Court, south-west corner, showing cast of Trajan's column', 1868

Labels and date

Cast Courts Reinstallation, 27 November 2018

7.
'No. 3 in the London Series, South Kensington Museum, North Court, south-west corner, showing cast of Trajan's column'
J. Davis Burton, 1868

Before the Cast Courts were built, copies were displayed in the galleries around the Museum. This image from 1868 shows a section of the cast of Trajan’s Column on display in a gallery called the North Court. Beside the cast is a photograph of the original column's setting in Rome. It was a lot harder to travel abroad in the 19th century compared to today, so many visitors would only ever experience important artworks as copies in museums.

REPRODUCED FROM
Stereograph
South Kensington, London
Museum no. 60739

[27 November 2018]

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Columns; Plaster casts; Museums

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A; Photographs of plaster casts

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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