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Photograph - Exterior view of the South Kensington Museum (the 'Brompton Boilers') under construction
  • Exterior view of the South Kensington Museum (the 'Brompton Boilers') under construction
    Royal Engineers
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Exterior view of the South Kensington Museum (the 'Brompton Boilers') under construction

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington Museum (photographed)

  • Date:

    1856 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    34979

  • 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

A mounted albumen print of the framework of a building under construction surrounded by construction debris. A ladder is visible in the right of the frame. A man wearing a top hat leans against a beam in the centre of the image.

Place of Origin

South Kensington Museum (photographed)

Date

1856 (photographed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print

Marks and inscriptions

'Museum Building (Brompton)
1856'
ink, lower centre mount

Dimensions

Height: 20.5 cm image, Width: 28.0 cm image, Height: 23.9 cm mount, Width: 29.9 cm mount, Height: 26.7 cm mount, Width: 33.0 cm mount

Descriptive line

Mounted albumen print, exterior view, South Kensington Museum (the 'Brompton Boilers') under construction, 1856

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Ladders; Top hats; Museums

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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