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Convent of Santa Cruz

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Coimbra (City) (photographed)

  • Date:

    1867 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thompson, Charles Thurston, born 1816 - died 1868 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 512M, case MX5, shelf XM, box 85

Photographs and photographers were present from the very beginning of the V&A's history. 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. Charles Thurston Thompson was the V&A's first Official Museum Photographer, in charge of the Museum's photographic operations from 1856 until his death in 1868. In addition to photographing museum objects and objects on loan, he also photographed great works of art and architecture on dedicated photographic campaigns abroad.

These views from the convent in Coimbra were were made by Thurston Thompson's during his 1867 campaign photographing important architecture and art in Portugal and Spain, including views from Santiago de Compostela, and monasteries at Batalha and Belem. The views from Santiago and Batalha were also collected into volumes which were available by subscription service or through the Museum's dedicated photograph sales stall.

Physical description

A sepia-coloured mounted photograph showing the carved carving surrounding a doorway which includes sculptures around an archway. There is also a strreetlamp. A descriptive label is affixed to the mount.

Place of Origin

Coimbra (City) (photographed)


1867 (photographed)


Thompson, Charles Thurston, born 1816 - died 1868 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print

Marks and inscriptions

blind stamp, centre top of mount


Height: 505 mm mount, Width: 378 mm mount

Descriptive line

Photograph by Charles Thurston Thompson, 'Convent of Santa Cruz, Coimbra, Portugal', albumen print, 1867


Photographic paper



Subjects depicted

Convents; Doorways; Sculptures


Photographs; Topography; Tourism & Travel


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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