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1862 International Exhibition, South Kensington, Ground plan, ca. 1861

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1861 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fowke, Francis (Captain), born 1823 - died 1865 (architect)
    South Kensington Museum - Engineers (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    lithographic ink, paper, lithography

  • Credit Line:

    Presented by F. Fowkes, 5 September 1905

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case FF, shelf 18

The International Exhibition of 1862 was the successor to the Great Exhibtion of 1851. It took place from May to November on a site adjacent to the Royal Horticultural Gardens and which now houses the Natural History Museum. Captain Francis Fowke (1823-1865) of the Royal Engineers designed and built the building, which consisted of a main structure and two adjoining wings of brick, iron, wood and glass, capped by enormous crystal domes.

There was no open competition for the building commission, probably due to time constraints, but Fowke, an engineer rather than an architect, had experience as a designer for the South Kensington Museum -- though this did not appease critics of the massive building. The halls had ample space for the over 28,000 national and international exhibitions of art and industry, including a picture gallery and space for havy machinery and agricultural machines.

These plans record Fowkes designs for the exhibition.

Physical description

Lithographic print on paper

Place of Origin

South Kensington (made)


ca. 1861 (made)


Fowke, Francis (Captain), born 1823 - died 1865 (architect)
South Kensington Museum - Engineers (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

lithographic ink, paper, lithography

Descriptive line

Design by Francis Fowke for 1862 International Exhibition, South Kensington: Ground plan, lithographic print, ca. 1861


Printer's ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Plans (drawings); Columns; Exhibitions; Arches


Architecture; History of the V&A; Designs

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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