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Photograph - South Kensington Museum, Nave with engine and part of 'David'
  • South Kensington Museum, Nave with engine and part of 'David'
    Thompson, Charles Thurston, born 1816 - died 1868
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South Kensington Museum, Nave with engine and part of 'David'

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    V&A (photographed)

  • Date:

    1856 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thompson, Charles Thurston, born 1816 - died 1868 (photographer)
    Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    E.1074-1989

  • 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

A photograph showing the interior view of a display space with a galleried wall. There is an engine mounted on wheels in the foreground. In the background can be seen the lower portion of a cast of 'David'.

Place of Origin

V&A (photographed)

Date

1856 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Thompson, Charles Thurston, born 1816 - died 1868 (photographer)
Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print

Dimensions

Height: 24.8 cm image, Width: 28.5 cm image

Descriptive line

Mounted albumen print, photographed by Charles Thurston-Thompson, South Kensington Museum (the 'Brompton Boilers'), Nave, showing engine, and lower half of cast of Michelangelo's 'David', 1856

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

Julius Bryant, ed. Art and Design for All. The Victoria and Albert Museum London: V&A Publishing, 2011. ISBN: 9781851776665.

Labels and date

Gallery 100 ‘A History of Photography’, 2014-2015, label text:

Charles Thurston Thompson (1816–68)
Nave of the South Kensington Museum
About 1857

This photograph shows artworks being installed in the new iron building of the South Kensington Museum. Through the doorway are the legs of the plaster cast of Michelangelo’s David, presented to the Museum by Queen Victoria in 1856. The Museum was the first to install gas lighting for evening openings, and a lighting fixture is visible at the top of the frame.

Albumen print
Museum no. 33:953
[06 03 2014]

Production Note

Anonymous:

Subjects depicted

Engines; Casts; Museums

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A; Photographs of plaster casts

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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