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Photograph - South Kensington Museum (Brompton Boilers), Educational Museum, Mechanics gallery(?)
  • South Kensington Museum (Brompton Boilers), Educational Museum, Mechanics gallery(?)
    Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education
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South Kensington Museum (Brompton Boilers), Educational Museum, Mechanics gallery(?)

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington Museum (photographed)

  • Date:

    1857 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    1955-1938

  • Gallery location:

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

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 sepia-coloured photograph of a display of educational and mechanical objects including globes and framed images of steam trains. A gas light fixture hangs from the skylit ceiling. There are upper galleried spaces on either side of the main exhibition area.

Place of Origin

South Kensington Museum (photographed)

Date

1857 (photographed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print

Marks and inscriptions

'A.b. LONDON: South Kensington Museum. / Photograph of the making of the museum, 1857. '
typed label, lower right mount

Descriptive line

Photograph, South Kensington Museum (Brompton Boilers), Educational Museum, Mechanics gallery(?), albumen print, 1857

Techniques

Photography

Subjects depicted

Gas lighting; Globes; Museums

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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