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The Stained Glass Gallery

  • Object:

    Print

  • Date:

    1854 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dickinson Brothers (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithograph

  • Museum number:

    19536:16

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case U, shelf 10, box B

Object Type
This print is one from the set of views from 'Dickinson's Comprehensive Pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851', printed in colour lithography with hand colouring and varnish to enhance the richness of colour.

Materials & Making
The original watercolours, on which thse prints were based, were painted for Prince Albert in 1851. Joseph Nash, a draughtsman and lithographer of architectural views, was one of the artists who contributed to Dickinson's large folios. They were so successful that the project expanded to 55 views and took 3 years to prepare for publication. The folios considerably enhanced the reputation of the Dickinson brothers as lithographers, in particular because of their large size and blended colourwork.

Places
At this stage in its history Germany was not one unified state. The various states however joined together to form two separate representations for Germany: North Germany and the Zollverein. North Germany included Hanover, Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Nuremberg and Oldenburg. While the Zollverein included Prussia, Bavaria, Saxony, Wurtemberg, the two Hesses, Thringen, Baden, Nassau and the free city of Frankfurt, as well as Prince Albert's home state of Saxe-Coburg. Zollverein's contribution was the larger one. There were fine displays of metalwork, textiles, furniture and ceramics and characteristic smaller German ware such as bird cages, gilded frames and Wurtemberg toys. Over 12,000 Germans were recorded as having visited the exhibition.

Physical description

The image shows the extremely long stained glass gallery, where people see the glass illuminated from the sunlight outside since the glass is positioned along the exterior glass of the exhibition building.

Date

1854 (published)

Artist/maker

Dickinson Brothers (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

Signed and dated 'JN. 1852'

Dimensions

Height: 34 cm, Width: 49.6 cm

Object history note

This image is one from the Dickinson Brothers publication entitled 'Dickinsons Comprehensive Pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851' of lithographs from the originals painted for Prince Albert.

Descriptive line

Lithograph, The Stained Glass Gallery, from 'Dickinsons Comprehensive Pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851', pub. Dickinson Brothers, 1854

Labels and date

British Galleries:
The original watercolours, on which these prints were based, were painted for Prince Albert in 1851. They were so well received that the project expanded to 55 views and it took three years to prepare them for publication. For subsequent international exhibitions, the production of such prints became standard practice. [27/03/2003]

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

Stained glass; Exhibitions; Galleries; Figures

Categories

ELISE; The Great Exhibition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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