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Photograph - Silver-gilt Stag on pedestal, Palace of Necessidades, Lisbon
  • Silver-gilt Stag on pedestal, Palace of Necessidades, Lisbon
    Thompson, Charles Thurston, born 1816 - died 1868
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Silver-gilt Stag on pedestal, Palace of Necessidades, Lisbon

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Lisbon (city) (photographed)

  • Date:

    1866 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    58477

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 512M, case MX13B, shelf X, box 362

Sir Henry Cole, the first director of South Kensington Museum (now the V&A) understood the importance of photography as an extension of the resources of the Museum. He saw a role for photography in terms of documenting and promoting the Museum’s collection, as well as a tool for art education. In 1856, Cole appointed his brother-in-law Charles Thurston Thompson as Museum Photographer. The first museum photographic service was born.

Under Cole’s direction, the Museum sourced photographs from a wide range of suppliers and sponsored photographic campaigns abroad. In 1866, Thurston Thompson traveled to Iberia armed with a registry of desirable items for photographing. Included among the list were objects from the collections of the Royal Palaces in Lisbon.

The lack of contextuality of these photographs points to Thurston Thompson’s belief in his role as a documentary photographer. His point of departure was generally the object he photographed, as opposed to his own photograph.

Physical description

A mounted sepia-coloured photograph of a stag on pedestal in metal, bound with 70 other photographs in album, each with printed label.

Place of Origin

Lisbon (city) (photographed)

Date

1866 (photographed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print

Dimensions

Height: 55 cm album cover, Width: 47 cm album cover

Descriptive line

Photograph by Charles Thurston Thompson, Silver-gilt Stag on pedestal, Palace of Necessidades, Lisbon, albumen print, 1866

Subjects depicted

Stags

Categories

Photographs; Metalwork

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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