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Cathedral, Santiago, Spain, the South Transept from the Plaza de la Plateria, showing the old Silversmiths' shops

  • Object:

    photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Santiago de Campostela (photographed)

  • Date:

    1867 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    58283

  • Gallery location:

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

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.

There are four bound albums of photographs by Thurston Thompson of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostella in Spain in the V&A collection and National Art Library. The series was published shortly after his death by the Arundel Society, sanctioned by the Science and Art Department, (under the authority of which the V&A was originally established). Available to artists, amateurs and collectors through a subscription service, these volumes were also acquired by the Science and Art Department for the National Art Library and for use by national schools of art and design.

Among the loose plates are many images not in the bound volumes. The various stamps and presentation formats demonstrate the multiple ways photographs circulated not only throughout the museum, but to the larger community of scholars, artists and connoisseurs.

Physical description

A mounted sepia-coloured photograph showing a view of steps leading to a plaza in front of a cathedral. In the foreground is a sculpture on a pedestal. A series of archways is also visible on a lower level. A printed label is affixed to the mount.

Place of Origin

Santiago de Campostela (photographed)

Date

1867 (photographed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print

Marks and inscriptions

'SANTIAGO, SPAIN. Cathedral: the South Transept from the Plaza de al Plateria, showing the old silversmiths' shops.'.'
printed label on bottom centre of mount

'SCIENCE AND ART DEPARTMENT / NATIONAL ART LIBRARY'
blind stamp, mount

Dimensions

Height: 490 mm mount, Width: 380 mm mount

Descriptive line

Photograph by Charles Thurston Thompson, 'Cathedral, Santiago, Spain, the South Transept from the Plaza de la Plateria, showing the old Silversmiths' shops', albumen print, 1867

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Thompson, Charles Thurston. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostella in Spain: Showing especially the sculpture of the Portico de la Gloria by Mestre Matteo. A series of twenty photographs recently taken by the late Mr. Thurston Thompson. Under the Sanction of the Science and Art Department, for the Use of Schools of Art and Amateurs. London: Arundel Society for Promoting the Knowledge of Art and Bell and Daldy, 1868.

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Photography; Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Silversmiths; Cathedrals; Steps

Categories

Photographs; Topography; Tourism & Travel

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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