1862 International Exhibition, South Kensington, view of foundations under construction

Photograph
26/04/1861 (photographed)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F
Artist/Maker

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Albumen print
Brief Description
Photograph, 1862 International Exhibition, South Kensington, view of foundations under construction, 26 April 1861, gelatin silver print
Physical Description
A mounted sepia-coloured photograph of laborers with shovels and a wheel barrow overseen by a man in tophat.
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'A.b. LONDON: / 1862 Exhibition' (Museum classification label, lower right recto.)
  • 'Exhibitions. Exhibition of 1862' (ink, lower right mount, recto)
Credit line
Presented by Mr. F. Fowke, 5 September 1905
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Association
Summary
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.

Collection
Accession Number
PH.2204-1905

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