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Photograph - Plan of the estates of the area of South Kensington, commissioned for the Exhibition of 1851
  • Plan of the estates of the area of South Kensington, commissioned for the Exhibition of 1851
    Spackman, Benjamin L.
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Plan of the estates of the area of South Kensington, commissioned for the Exhibition of 1851

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington (photographed)

  • Date:

    1856 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    34997

  • Gallery location:

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

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 printed map detailing the area around South Kensington

Place of Origin

South Kensington (photographed)

Date

1856 (photographed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print

Marks and inscriptions

'PLAN OF THE ESTATES IN THE PARISHES OF KENSINGTON AND ST. MARGARETS WESTMINSTER IN THE COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX PURCHASED BY HER MAJESTY'S COMMISSIONERS FOR THE EXHIBITION OF 1851'
printed, lower right

'Topography: England & Wales
IIaa
London: South Kensington. Exhibitions
Lce. Corpl. B.L. Spackman
R.S.M. 1856'
6 March 1856
ink and pencil, mount

library stamp
blindstamp, upper centre mount

'A.b. LONDON'
classification system label, upper right mount

Dimensions

Height: 20.2 cm image, Width: 14.5 cm image, Height: 28.9 cm mount, Width: 23.1 cm mount

Descriptive line

Mounted albumen print, Lance Corpl. B.L. Spackman, plan of the estates of the area of South Kensington, commissioned for the Exhibition of 1851, 1856

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Albumen process; Photography

Subjects depicted

Maps

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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