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Model of the Albert Hall

Architectural Model
1864 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This model was submitted to Queen Victoria by Sir Henry Cole and Richard Redgrave at Osbourne House on 30th January 1865. It shows the proposed design for the interior of the Hall which was intended as an exhibition venue. Cutting away roofs or walls is a technique often used to show the relationship of interior schemes.


object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Cardboard, wood, plaster, paper, painted
Brief Description
Model, Albert Hall proposal, cardboard, wood & glass, English 19th cent, F.Fowke
Physical Description
Model, cardboard, wood and plaster. The model shoes the proposed designs for the interior of the Hall of Arts and Sciences (Royal Albert Hall). Oval in shape it is in two parts with the roof cut away from one half revealing the interior details. In the centre there is an oval arena surrounded by tiers representing raked seats, a double row of boxes and an arched gallery. Above this the roof curves inwards and there are 'stained glass' windows (in watercolour) which portray chivalric figures and crests. The interior is painted in yellow, black, brown and white.
Dimensions
  • Height: 34cm
  • Length: 73cm
  • Width: 57cm
Object history
Possibly made in the museum by members of the Corps of Royal engineers. This model was submitted by Sir Henry Cole and Richard Redgrave to Queen Victoria at Osborne House on 30th January 1865.
Place Depicted
Summary
This model was submitted to Queen Victoria by Sir Henry Cole and Richard Redgrave at Osbourne House on 30th January 1865. It shows the proposed design for the interior of the Hall which was intended as an exhibition venue. Cutting away roofs or walls is a technique often used to show the relationship of interior schemes.
Bibliographic References
  • Leslie, Fiona. 'Inside Outside: Changing Attitudes towards Architectural Models in the Museums at South Kensington', Architectural History, 47, 2004, pp. 159-200.
  • Physick, John and Michael Darby, /'Marble Halls': drawings and models for Victorian secular buildings, London, HMSO, 1973
Collection
Accession Number
A.10-1973

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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