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Photograph - South Kensington, Construction of the 1862 International Exhibition buildings
  • South Kensington, Construction of the 1862 International Exhibition buildings
    Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education
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South Kensington, Construction of the 1862 International Exhibition buildings

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    South Kensington (photographed)

  • Date:

    1861 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    1549-1927

  • Gallery location:

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

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.

This is one of many photographs which were taken to document the construction of the 1862 International Exhibtion buildings.

Physical description

A mounted sepia-coloured photograph of a building construction site with scaffolding in the background and building material scattered around the site including framework for an arched structure. A man is visible in the centre of the image.

Place of Origin

South Kensington (photographed)

Date

1861 (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

'A.b. LONDON / 1862 Exhib'
department classification label

Dimensions

Height: 27 cm mount, Width: 33.5 cm mount

Descriptive line

Photograph, South Kensington, Construction of the 1862 International Exhibition buildings, albumen print, 1861

Subjects depicted

Scaffolding

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; History of the V&A

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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