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Photograph - The Centre Refreshment Room, opened 1868.
  • The Centre Refreshment Room, opened 1868.
    Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education
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The Centre Refreshment Room, opened 1868.

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Victoria and Albert Museum (photographed)
    South Kensington Museum (photographed)

  • Date:

    late 1860s (photographed)
    1900s (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin silver print

  • Museum number:

    E.655-2009

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 601, box H

Photographs and photographers were present from the very beginning of the V&A's history and the Museum has an extensive collection of images from the 1850s through to the present which documents the construction and development of the V&A and the South Kensington site.

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. As well as being crucial records of the history of the V&A, and an important element within the National Art Library's visual encyclopaedia, these photographs are also significant artefacts in the history of the art of photography.

Physical description

A black and white photograph of a public dining room with ornate columns and ceilings and leaded stained glass windows. The tables are laid with white tablecoths.

Place of Origin

Victoria and Albert Museum (photographed)
South Kensington Museum (photographed)

Date

late 1860s (photographed)
1900s (printed)

Artist/maker

Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print

Marks and inscriptions

The Centre Refreshment Room, / opened 1868.
Printed on mount

Dimensions

Height: 241 mm, Width: 290 mm

Descriptive line

Photograph, South Kensington Museum, Gamble Room or Centre Refreshment Room set up as restaurant, gelatin silver print, ca. 1890, printed later

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

Julius Bryant, ed. Art and Design for All. The Victoria and Albert Museum London: V&A Publishing, 2011. ISBN: 9781851776665.

Techniques

Photography

Subjects depicted

Museums; Tables (support furniture)

Categories

Photographs; Eating; Architecture; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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