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Photograph - Specimens selected from the Special Exhibition of works of Arts on Loan at the South Kensington Museum in 1862
  • Specimens selected from the Special Exhibition of works of Arts on Loan at the South Kensington Museum in 1862
    Thompson, Charles Thurston, born 1816 - died 1868
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Specimens selected from the Special Exhibition of works of Arts on Loan at the South Kensington Museum in 1862

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington Museum (photographed)

  • Date:

    1862 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thompson, Charles Thurston, born 1816 - died 1868 (photographer)
    South Kensington Museum (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    albumen print

  • Museum number:

    40228

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 512M, case MX13C, shelf X, box 365/III

From the beginning the South Kensington Museum (which was to become the V&A) borrowed objects from institutions and private owners. These loans, in addition to supplementing the Museum’s own relatively modest collections, offered the prospect that the loans might be converted to gifts.

In 1862, this practice was extended to include a special exhibition of over 9,000 works on loan from 553 persons. Organised by J. C. Robinson, the Superintendent of the Art Collections, the Special Exhibition of Works of Art of the Mediaeval, Renaissance, and more recent periods, on loan at The South Kensington Museum was intended to take advantage of the great increase in visitors that both the opening of the International Exhibition of 1862 and the opening of the Museum’s newly constructed galleries would generate.

The exhibition attracted almost 900,000 visitors and many of the objects included in this display remained on loan for the greater part of 1863. The Illustrated London News profiled the loan collections in its 21 June 1862 and 17 January 1863 issues. Following the success of this exhibition, further loan exhibitions of a smaller and more specialist nature were organised.

Physical description

A mounted sepia-coloured photograph of a silver-gilt stand with cross and Christ mounted on the top with a printed detail description and bound in an album with 33 other photographs.

Place of Origin

South Kensington Museum (photographed)

Date

1862 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Thompson, Charles Thurston, born 1816 - died 1868 (photographer)
South Kensington Museum (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

albumen print

Dimensions

Height: 59 cm album, Width: 47.5 cm album, Depth: 4.4 cm album

Object history note

Photographed object lent by S.A.R. Le Duc d'Aumale

Descriptive line

Photograph by Charles Thurston Thompson?, 'Specimens selected from the Special Exhibition of works of Arts on Loan at the South Kensington Museum in 1862, A large silver-gilt monstrance, Portuguese, ca. 1500-20?,' albumen print, 1862

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

Robinson, J.C., editor. Catalogue of the special exhibition of works of art of the mediaeval, renaissance, and more recent periods: on loan at the South Kensington Museum, June 1862. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M. Stationery Office, rev. ed. January 1863.

Techniques

Photography

Subjects depicted

Monstrance

Categories

Photographs; Ecclesiastical Art/Craft; Metalwork

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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