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Colonial produce

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London, England (printed and published)

  • Date:

    1854 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Joseph Nash, born 1808 - died 1878 (etcher)
    Dickinson Brothers (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph, with some watercolour and varnish

  • Museum number:

    19536:12

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case U, shelf 10, box B/1

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Object Type
Designed by Joseph Nash, this is one of the set of views published with accompanying text as Dickinson's Comprehensive Pictures of the Great Exhibition, exploiting the newly available technique of colour lithography. Nash was one of the more prolific artists working with this medium, whereby a picture is made by printing from a flat surface (traditionally stone, now often a metal plate), on which the artist draws or paints the original design with a greasy substance. The surface is next prepared, moistened and inked; the greasy printing ink adheres to the design, which is then printed onto a sheet of paper.

Historical Association
This view of the colonial exhibits shows that, as well as works of art and manufacture, a large number of natural resources were on display, including minerals, fruit and vegetables. The aim was to impress the visitor by the quality of colonial produce. The comparatively few artefacts on display emphasised the importance of these countries to Britain as sources of raw materials and as new markets for their manufactured goods. The official catalogue described Australia, for example, as 'the most extensive wool-producing country in the world', with valuable exports to Britain.

The British and colonial exhibits were grouped together in the western branch of the prestigious main avenue, while other countries' exhibits were on the east.

Physical description

West Indies - from Dickinson's comprehensive pictures of the Great Exhibition.

Place of Origin

London, England (printed and published)

Date

1854 (published)

Artist/maker

Joseph Nash, born 1808 - died 1878 (etcher)
Dickinson Brothers (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph, with some watercolour and varnish

Marks and inscriptions

Signed and dated 'JN. 1852'

Dimensions

Height: 44.2 cm, Width: 59.8 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:
As well as works of art and manufacture, a large number of natural resources were exhibited. These included minerals, fruit and vegetables. The aim was to show the visitor the variety and quality of colonial produce. This view includes the exhibits from New Zealand, the Bahamas, Australia, the Eastern Archipelago (Aegean sea), Trinidad and Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania). [27/03/2003]

Techniques

Lithography

Categories

Prints; The Great Exhibition

Collection code

PDP

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