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

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington Museum (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1871-1872 (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, landscape orientation. The photograph depicts two designs of grotesque ornament, one for panel decoration and the other for a portion of running ornament. The sheet of card (obverse) is annotated in 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 '9520'.

Place of Origin

South Kensington Museum (photographed)


ca. 1871-1872 (photographed)


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

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print mounted on card


Height: 27.6 cm of card, Width: 33.4 cm of card

Object history note

This photograph is recorded in V&A Photograph Register MA/63/5/11; it was 'Recd from Stores / 15th March, 1872.'

Descriptive line

Photograph of 2 designs by F.W. Moody for the decoration in sgraffito etc. on the east (rear) elevation of the Science Schools, South Kensington. About 1871-1872.

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

Running ornament; Panel (ornament area); Grotesques


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


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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