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Photograph - South Kensington Museum, Sir James Pennethorne's office building (the 'Junction building')
  • South Kensington Museum, Sir James Pennethorne's office building (the 'Junction building')
    Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education
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South Kensington Museum, Sir James Pennethorne's office building (the 'Junction building')

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1865 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    E.1096A-1989

  • Gallery location:

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

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

The left panel of a three-part panorama of sepia-coloured mounted photographs. This part shows a large house with many windows fronted by a long wooden fence. Part of the photograph is missing on the left side of the mount.

Place of Origin

South Kensington (photographed)

Date

ca. 1865 (photographed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print

Marks and inscriptions

'The South Kensington Museums, c. 1860. The photograph is taken in Cromwell Road near the present main entrance of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The large building in the right background is the residences of Brompton Oratory and on the extreme right are the museum's Entrance and Refreshment Room.'
Type label, lower centre mount

Dimensions

Height: 34.4 cm mount, Width: 38.6 cm mount, Height: 34.1 cm mount, Width: 39.7 cm mount

Descriptive line

Photograph, South Kensington Museum, Sir James Pennethorne's office building (the 'Junction building'), left photograph from a three-part panoramic view from Cromwell Road, albumen print, ca. 1865

Techniques

Photography

Subjects depicted

Museums; Fences

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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