Photograph

1868 (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This albumen print, a type of photograph, was made in 1868 from a glass negative in the photographic studio in the factory of Skidmore's firm Skidmore's Art Manufactures and Constructive Iron Company at Alma Street, Coventry. This photograph is thus a record of the work done and comes from an archive of designs and photographs from the firm. John Birnie Philip designed the figures of the angels, of which this is one, for the summit of the flèche of George Gilbert Scott's design of the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park, London. The plaster figures were electroformed in copper and gilded by Skidmore's firm.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Albumen print on paper mounted on card
Brief Description
Photograph of the plaster figure of an angel by John Birnie Philip for the summit of the Albert Memorial, 1868
Physical Description
Albumen print of the plaster figure of an angel with outstretched arms.
Dimensions
  • Height: 28.5cm
  • Width: 17cm
Production typeModel
Credit line
Purchased with the assistance of the Friends of the National Libraries
Historical context
This figure forms one of the angels on the uppermost tier of angels at the summit of the fleche. These angels are designed to be actively involved in Prince Albert's translation to Heaven.
Production
John Birnie Philip designed the figures of the angels, of which this is one, for the summit of the flèche of George Gilbert Scott's design of the Albert Memorial. The plaster figures were electroformed in copper and gilded by Francis Skidmore's firm Skidmore's Art Manufactures and Constructive Iron Company at Alma Street, Coventry.
Summary
This albumen print, a type of photograph, was made in 1868 from a glass negative in the photographic studio in the factory of Skidmore's firm Skidmore's Art Manufactures and Constructive Iron Company at Alma Street, Coventry. This photograph is thus a record of the work done and comes from an archive of designs and photographs from the firm. John Birnie Philip designed the figures of the angels, of which this is one, for the summit of the flèche of George Gilbert Scott's design of the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park, London. The plaster figures were electroformed in copper and gilded by Skidmore's firm.
Collection
Accession Number
E.408-2006

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record createdOctober 3, 2007
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