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Etching - The Prince Consort's Gallery

The Prince Consort's Gallery

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1876-1881 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Watkins, R.E., John (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr. G. C. Parris

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 94

Physical description

Etching of an interior from the old Victoria and Albert Museum buildings

Place of Origin

London (made)


1876-1881 (made)


Watkins, R.E., John (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 21.6 cm, Width: 14.6 cm

Object history note

This etching shows The Prince Consort Gallery in the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1876-81,when it was called the South Kensington Museum. This space became Room 110, which is seen here in its original form as an open gallery with views down to the North and South Courts (currently the Temporary Exhibition Galleries), similar to that of Room 111, the upper gallery between the Cast Courts. After the Second World War, Room 110 was boarded up to serve as storage space, but is currently (April 2012) part of a major redevelopment and restoration scheme intended to convert it back into a public gallery space. The mosaic portrait of Prince Albert which lent the gallery its nineteenth century name of "The Prince Consort Gallery", may still be seen above the entrance to Room 102, part of the Theatre Galleries.

Descriptive line

John Watkins. 'The Prince Consort's Gallery'. Etching of an interior of the South Kensington Museum, 1876-1881.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1945, London: HMSO, 1956.


Ink; Paper




Interiors; Prints; History of the V&A


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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