Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Request to view at the Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F , Case X, Shelf 759, Box GI


ca. 1850s (photographed)
Place Of Origin

A mounted sepia-coloured photograph showing the arched and arcaded interior of a stone building.

object details
Object Type
Additional Titles
  • El Alcazar (Patio de) (generic title)
  • Toledo, Alcazar, interior (generic title)
Materials and Techniques
Albumen print
Brief Description
Photograph by Charles Clifford, 'Toledo, Alcazar, interior', albumen print, ca. 1850s
Physical Description
A mounted sepia-coloured photograph showing the arched and arcaded interior of a stone building.
  • Image height: 40.8cm
  • Image width: 32.2cm
  • Mount height: 48cm
  • Mount width: 37.8cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • C. CLIFFORD Photo of H M (Embossed stamp with a crown on recto at the bottom centre)
  • BRITISH 1948 2 14 270 MUSEUM (Stamp on verso)
Credit line
Transferred from the British Museum
Object history
This photograph was acquired by the British Museum in 1857 than transferred in 2000 as plan to rationalise the collection and house objects at the V&A where greater expertise and national collections of particular media reside.
Historical context
Charles Clifford is considered among the finest photographers in nineteenth-century Spain, where he spent most of his career. Settling in Madrid in the early 1850s, Clifford became court photographer to Isabella II and accompanied the Queen on a number of royal tours within the country.

Clifford specialised in the photography of architectural subjects and industrial projects and his work is particularly notable for his technical mastery of the large format view. His unusual treatment of architectural spaces has made him one of the most famous 19th century photographers in Spain. He belonged to both the Sociéte Française de Photographie and the Architectural Photographic Association.
Subjects depicted
Places Depicted
Associated Object
35538 (Duplicate)
Accession Number

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record createdOctober 4, 2006
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