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Examples of Art Workmanship and Countries

  • Object:

    photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Santiago (photographed)

  • Date:

    1867 (photographed)
    1868 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thompson, Charles Thurston, born 1816 - died 1868 (photographer)
    Arundel Society (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    E.107:20-2019

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 512M, case MX17, shelf X, box 875A

Charles Thurston Thompson was the V&A's first Official Museum Photographer, in charge of the Museum's photographic operations from 1856 until his death in 1868. In addition to photographing museum objects and objects on loan, he also photographed great works of art and architecture on dedicated photographic campaigns abroad.

This is one of four bound copies of Thurston Thompson's series of photographs of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostella in Spain in the V&A collection and National Art Library. The series was published shortly after his death by the Arundel Society, sanctioned by the Science and Art Department, (under the authority of which the V&A was originally established). Available to artists, amateurs and collectors through a subscription service, these volumes were also acquired by the Science and Art Department for the National Art Library and for use by national schools of art and design.

In addition to the four bound albums, are loose plates, including many images not in the bound volumes. The various stamps and presentation formats demonstrate the multiple ways photographs circulated not only throughout the museum, but to the larger community of scholars, artists and connoisseurs.

Physical description

A mounted sepia-coloured photograph bound in a blue volume of 20 photographs with title page, essay and table of contents, showing a view of a doorway set within an elaborately carved entrance, flanked by two carved reliefs of crests, balconies and topped by a small french window . A printed label is affixed to the bottom of the mount.

Place of Origin

Santiago (photographed)

Date

1867 (photographed)
1868 (published)

Artist/maker

Thompson, Charles Thurston, born 1816 - died 1868 (photographer)
Arundel Society (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print

Marks and inscriptions

'20. PORTAL OF THE HOSPICIO DE LOS REYES, OR PILGRIMS' HOSPITAL'
printed label on bottom centre of mount

'SCIENCE AND ART DEPARTMENT / DEPOSIT LOAN'
blue ink stamp on recto of mount

Dimensions

Height: 471 mm page, Width: 380 mm page

Descriptive line

Photograph by Charles Thurston Thompson, 'Portal of the Hospicio de los Reyes, or Pilgrims' Hospital', from the album The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostella in Spain', albumen print, 1867, published by the Arundel Society for Promoting the Knowledge of Art, London, 1868

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

Thompson, Charles Thurston. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostella in Spain: Showing especially the sculpture of the Portico de la Gloria by Mestre Matteo. A series of twenty photographs recently taken by the late Mr. Thurston Thompson. Under the Sanction of the Science and Art Department, for the Use of Schools of Art and Amateurs. London: Arundel Society for Promoting the Knowledge of Art and Bell and Daldy, 1868.

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Photography; Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Cathedrals; Doorways; Hospitals

Categories

Photographs; Topography; Tourism & Travel

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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