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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

Photographs of the "Gems of the Art Treasures Exhibition", Manchester, 1857 - Modern Series 1858

Leather bound album | 56.5 cm x 39.3 cm x 5.5 mm (book measurement (inventory)) | RCIN 2081449

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Album of photographs of paintings featured in the 1857 Art Treasures Exhibition held in Manchester. This volume contains 101 photographs (RCINs 2081450-2081550) of paintings, by artists such as Reynolds, Gainsborough, Maclise and Eastlake. This is Volume Two, the Modern Series, and illustrates paintings by then contemporary Masters, while Volume One, the Ancient Series (RCIN 2081348), shows paintings by Old Masters.

The Art Treasures exhibition in Manchester mounted during the summer of 1857 was the first large public exhibition of works of art from private collections in England, and included many works lent by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

According to Gernsheim, the photographs by Caldesi and Montecchi were originally published in 5 volumes, each volume containing 50 salt prints and albumen prints, with printed captions. Late in 1858 the work was condensed into a 2 volume set of 100 photographs each, dedicated to HRH Prince Albert (Gernsheim, H. Incunabula of British Photographic Literature (1984), no.90, p.27).

  • Creator(s)

    Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67) (photographer)

    Leonida Caldesi (1823-91) (photographer)

    Mattia Montecchi (1816-71) (photographer)

    Paul & Dominic Colnaghi : London (publisher)

    T Agnew & Sons : London (publisher)

    London : J.B. Nichols & Sons (printer)

    Riviere : London (binder)

    Robert Howlett (1831-58) (photographer)

    Subject(s)
    EXH: Art treasures exhibiton (1857 : Manchester)
  • 56.5 cm x 39.3 cm x 5.5 mm (book measurement (inventory))

  • Photographs of the "Gems of the Art Treasures Exhibition", Manchester, 1857. [Volume 2], Modern series / by Signori Caldesi and Montecchi.

  • Presented to Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
      • printed & manuscript material
        • books
          • book: half leather bound
            • book: half leather bound in morocco
              • book: half leather bound in brown morocco
          • book: all edges gilt
    Subject(s)
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Art
        • Paintings

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Devotion'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Crossing the Brook'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'The abandoned'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Sheep'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'the infanta of Spain'

Robert Howlett (1831-58)

'Duke of Buckingham'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

Miniatures

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Italian peasants'

After a work attributed to Charles West Cope (1811-90)

'Baby's Turn'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'The Boy Daniel'; The Judgement of Daniel

Robert Howlett (1831-58)

'The Rivals'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Peter the Great's first interview with Catherine'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'The Magdalen'; Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Moses' return from the fair'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Trial of a Witch'; The Witch's Trial

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Festival of the popinjay'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Fête Champêtre'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Lytham Sands'; Lytham Sand Hills 

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'The First Born'

Robert Howlett (1831-58)

'The village choir'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Midsummer Night's Dream'; Titania Sleeping

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'The Novice'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'View in Lycia'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'The ferry'; Waiting for the ferry

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'The Letter from the Colonies'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'The Duet'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'The Syrens'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'The first night in a convent'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'The Troubadours'; The Song of the Troubadours

Robert Howlett (1831-58)

'Sea Coast'

Robert Howlett (1831-58)

'Drawing for the Militia'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Genoa'

Robert Howlett (1831-58)

'Aqua Fresca'

Robert Howlett (1831-58)

'Passing Cloud'; A Passing Cloud

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'The Breakwater, Plymouth'

Robert Howlett (1831-58)

'The Rent Day'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Miss Cavendish M. Harley'

Robert Howlett (1831-58)

'Sweet Anne Page'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Mrs Pelham'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Looking at the miniature'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Miss M. Cavendish Harley'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'White and Red Roses'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Too Hot'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Mrs Graham'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'The lacemaker'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'The Blue Boy'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'The prosperous days of Job'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Lord Stanley 13th Earl of Derby with his sister'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Crossing the Brook'

Robert Howlett (1831-58)

'Lavinia Viscountess Althorp'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Tomb of the Scaligers'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Philip 2nd and Velasquez'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Lord Cockburn'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Palace of the Caesars in the 19th Century'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'The Mock Election'

After Frank Dillon (1823-1909)

'Kom Ombo'

Robert Howlett (1831-58)

'The Pet of the Common'

Robert Howlett (1831-58)

'Angels Heads'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Distraining for Rent'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Rienzi in the Forum'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'The Sketchers'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Dr Wardlaw'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Miss Helen Faucit'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Camels in the Desert'; Halt in the Desert

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Serena'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'The Toilette'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Venice'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Dort on the Maas'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'The Baggage Waggon [sic]'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Banditti'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Indiaman Ashore'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Landscape'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Returning from Labour'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Irish Peasants'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'The Sea Cave'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Bay of Salerno'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Jacob and Rachel'; The Meeting of Jacob and Rachel

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'The Authors [sic] Reception by the Players'

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Cleopatra'; The Triumph of Cleopatra

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Enamels'