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Photograph - Sir Francis Philip Cunliffe-Owen KCP, KCMG, CIE, Director of South Kensington Museum 1874-93
  • Sir Francis Philip Cunliffe-Owen KCP, KCMG, CIE, Director of South Kensington Museum 1874-93
    W&D Downey Photographers
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Sir Francis Philip Cunliffe-Owen KCP, KCMG, CIE, Director of South Kensington Museum 1874-93

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    London (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1872-9 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    W&D Downey Photographers (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    photography

  • Museum number:

    E.208-2005

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case CAT, shelf 4, box A

In 1854 Sir Francis Philip Cunliffe-Owen (1828–94) obtained a post in the Department of Science and Art, recently established by the British government to promote education in science, technology and design. The department’s director, Henry Cole, appointed him as one of the superintendents of the British section of the Universal Exhibition held in Paris in 1855, a task for which Owen’s excellent knowledge of French proved to be a great advantage. The collaboration between the two men blossomed into an extremely successful partnership in the promotion of international exhibitions. From 1874 to 1893 Owen was director of the South Kensington Museum (later the V&A), a post previously held by Cole for 20 years.

Physical description

Three-quarter length portrait of Philip Cunliffe-Owen.

Place of Origin

London (photographed)

Date

ca. 1872-9 (photographed)

Artist/maker

W&D Downey Photographers (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

photography

Marks and inscriptions

'24934 / Sir Cunliffe-Owen / 1874-1893 / W & D Downey / Photographers by Special Appointment / To Her majesty The Queen / To The Imperial & Royal Families of Europe / Studios / 57 & 61 Ebury Street / London, SW / .
Written in pencil on reverse of mount.

W. & D. Downey / Photographers by Special Appointment / To Her Majesty The Queen / and / To The Imperial & Royal Families of Europe / Studios / 57 & 61 Ebury Street / London, SW

Dimensions

Height: 16.5 cm sheet, Width: 10.9 cm sheet, Height: 14.3 cm image, Width: 9.7 cm image

Object history note

Vintage print removed from Directorate staircase January 2005. Replaced with modern reproduction.

Descriptive line

'Sir Francis Philip Cunliffe-Owen', photograph by W & D Downey, ca. 1872-1879.

Categories

Photographs; Portraits; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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