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Photograph -  Police hut at the entrance to the South kensington Museum site
  • Police hut at the entrance to the South kensington Museum site
    Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education
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Police hut at the entrance to the South kensington Museum site

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1891 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    E.1098-1989

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 601, box C

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 mounted sepia-coloured photograph of a building with chimney covered in ivy with five men standing near the sheltered entrance. A lampost is visible in the foreground.

Place of Origin

South Kensington (photographed)

Date

ca. 1891 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print

Marks and inscriptions

'Police Hut / Entrance to the Museum'
ink, upper right mount

Dimensions

Height: 5.3 cm mount

Descriptive line

Photograph, Police hut at the entrance to the South kensington Museum site, albumen print, ca. 1891

Production Note

Anonymous:

Subjects depicted

Museums; Ivy; Police

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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