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Exterior view of Grove House, Kensington Gore from the south

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington (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:


  • 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 facade of a large house with a bowed window on the upper floor. The lower level of the house is clad with trellises. A reflection of the building is visible in a body of water in the foreground.

Place of Origin

South Kensington (photographed)


1856 (photographed)


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

'England & Wales
London: South Kensington
Grove House
Scene at GROVE HOUSE, Kensington Gore
Lce. Corp. B.L. Spackman
R.S.M. [Royal Sappers and Miners], 1856'
ink, mount

classification system label, lower right mount

library stamp
blindstamp, upper centre mount


Height: 19.8 cm image, Width: 26.0 cm image, Height: 26.6 cm mount, Width: 32.8 cm mount

Descriptive line

Mounted albumen print, Lance Corpl. B.L. Spackman, exterior view, Grove House, Kensington Gore, from the south, 1856


Photographic paper


Albumen process; Photography

Subjects depicted



Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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