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Photograph of a design for the exterior decoration in sgraffito etc. on the Science Schools, South Kensington

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington Museum (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1871 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Spackman, Benjamin L. (Sergeant) (photographer)
    Moody, Francis Wollaston, born 1824 - died 1886 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print mounted on card

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Photograph mounted on a sheet of card, portrait orientation. The photograph depicts a design of grotesque ornament for panel decoration. The sheet of card (obverse) is annotated in pencil and pen and ink, and marked with a dry stamp lettered 'SCIENCE & ART DEPARTMENT / NATIONAL ART LIBRARY'. The reverse is annotated in pencil with the number '9442'.

Place of Origin

South Kensington Museum (photographed)


ca. 1871 (photographed)


Spackman, Benjamin L. (Sergeant) (photographer)
Moody, Francis Wollaston, born 1824 - died 1886 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print mounted on card


Height: 33.4 cm of card, Width: 27.3 cm of card

Object history note

This photograph is recorded in V&A Photograph Register MA/63/5/11; it was 'Recd from Serjt Spackman. / 27th Oct. 1871.'

Descriptive line

Photograph of a design by F.W. Moody for the decoration in sgraffito etc. on the east (rear) elevation of the Science Schools, South Kensington. About 1871.

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

Cole, Alan S. 'On the Art of "Sgraffito" Decoration', in Papers Read at the Royal Institute of British Architects: Session 1872-73. London: Royal Institute of British Architects, 1873
pp. 127-140
Filmer-Sankey, William and others. Building Conservation Management Plan: Prepared for the Victoria and Albert Museum, April 2013, revised edn. London: Alan Baxter, 2013
esp. pp. 321-326
Physick, John. The Victoria and Albert Museum: The History of Its Building. London: The Victoria & Albert Museum, 1982
esp. pp. 151-154; figs. 171, 174-176


Photographic paper


Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Panel (ornament area); Grotesques


History of the V&A; Designs; National Art Training School; Photographs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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