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Photograph - Crystal Palace Transept, Hyde Park
  • Crystal Palace Transept, Hyde Park
    Turner, Benjamin Brecknell, born 1815 - died 1894
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Crystal Palace Transept, Hyde Park

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Crystal Palace (made)

  • Date:

    1852 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Turner, Benjamin Brecknell, born 1815 - died 1894 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print from calotype (waxed paper) negative

  • Museum number:

    PH.1-1982

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 354, box I

Object Type
The Great Exhibition included photography classified in both the science and the fine art sections. This photograph of the exhibition building shows the vast enclosure which is virtually empty except for an elm tree which was accommodated during the construction.

Materials & Making
Benjamin Brecknell Turner (1815-1894) began practising photography in 1849 according to the technique patented in 1841 by the British inventor W. H. Fox Talbot (1800-1877). Turner's photographs were 'contact' printed from paper negatives (known as 'calotypes') of the same size, 27 by 39 centimetres. He printed them on 'albumen' paper made by suspending light sensitive silver salts in an emulsion of egg white.

Places
The interior of the Crystal Palace is shown at Hyde Park in March 1852, shortly after the closure of the Great Exhibition and prior to the dismantling of the structure that year for its rebuilding at Sydenham in South London.

Ownership & Use
Turner compiled 60 photographs, including this one, in what is believed to be a unique album, 'Photographic Views from Nature'. It might have been made as a sample book, a convenient method of storing and presenting photographs for personal pleasure and showing to colleagues or potential exhibitors. It remained in the Turner family until 1982 when it was bought by the Museum.

Physical description

Photograph depicting the interior of the Crystal Palace, Hyde Park. There is a tree contained within the structure.

Place of Origin

Crystal Palace (made)

Date

1852 (made)

Artist/maker

Turner, Benjamin Brecknell, born 1815 - died 1894 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print from calotype (waxed paper) negative

Dimensions

Height: 42.4 cm, Width: 56 cm, Height: 58 cm framed, Width: 68 cm framed, Depth: 2.5 cm framed, height: 26.3 cm image, length: 39.3 cm image

Descriptive line

Photograph by Benjamin Brecknell Turner, 'Crystal Palace Transept, Hyde Park', 1852, albumen print

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

Roger Taylor, Impressed by Light: British photographs from paper negatives, 1840-1860 New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art ; Washington : National Gallery of Art ; New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, c2007. 9781588392251 (Metropolitan Museum of Art (hc)) 1588392252 (Metropolitan Museum of Art (hc)) 9780300124057 (Yale University Press (hc)) 0300124058 (Yale University Press (hc)).

Labels and date

British Galleries:
This photograph shows the interior of the Crystal Palace at Hyde Park shortly after the closure of the Great Exhibition and prior to the dismantling of the structure for its re-building at Sydenham. The Great Exhibition included a significant showing of photography which was classified with both the sciences and the fine art sections. [27/03/2003]

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Albumen print

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; Great Exhibition; The Great Exhibition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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