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Street View of Exhibition Road, Brompton, South Kensington

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington (photographed)

  • Date:

    c. 1850s (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:


  • 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 street scene with gate and street sign. A woman and ghosts of her blurred image are visible.

Place of Origin

South Kensington (photographed)


c. 1850s (photographed)


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

'England & Wales
View of the Exhibition Road, Brompton
view towards Onslow Square'
ink and pencil, recto mount

library stamp
blindstamp, upper centre recto mount

classification system label, lower right recto mount


Height: 19.8 cm image, Width: 26.4 cm image, Height: 26.8 cm mount, Width: 33.4 cm mount

Descriptive line

Mounted albumen print, street view, Exhibition Road, Brompton, South Kensington, c. 1850


Photographic paper


Albumen process; Photography

Subjects depicted

Street scenes; Gates


Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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