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Photograph - Exterior view of the South Kensington Museum (the 'Brompton Boilers') under construction, looking south with the houses of Cromwell Road and Thurloe Square visible in the background
  • Exterior view of the South Kensington Museum (the 'Brompton Boilers') under construction, looking south with the houses of Cromwell Road and Thurloe Square visible in the background
    Spackman, Benjamin L.
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Exterior view of the South Kensington Museum (the 'Brompton Boilers') under construction, looking south with the houses of Cromwell Road and Thurloe Square visible in the background

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington Museum (photographed)

  • Date:

    1856 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Spackman, Benjamin L. (Sergeant) (photographer)
    Royal Engineers (photographers)
    Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    34972

  • 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 a building under construction. Only the framing is completed. Three workers are visible on the upper level, two of them are operating a crank and reel.

Place of Origin

South Kensington Museum (photographed)

Date

1856 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Spackman, Benjamin L. (Sergeant) (photographer)
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

'London: South Kensington
Victoria & Albert Museum
Museum Building (Brompton)
England & Wales
Lance Corpl. B.L. Spackman
R.S.M. [Royal Sappers and Miners] 1856'
ink, mount

'A.b. LONDON
Museum Building 1856'
classification system label, lower right mount

library stamp
blindstamp, partial, upper centre mount

Dimensions

Height: 17.9 cm image, Width: 23.1 cm image, Height: 26.7 cm mount, Width: 33.2 cm mount

Descriptive line

Mounted albumen print, Lance Corpl. B.L. Spackman, exterior view, South Kensington Museum (the 'Brompton Boilers') under construction, looking south with houses on Cromwell Road and Thurloe Square visible in background, 1856

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Museums

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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