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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Claude-Marie Ferrier (1811-89)

Crystal Palace during The Great Exhibition, 1851: View of the East End of the Building 1851

Salted paper print | 16.1 x 20.7 cm (image) | RCIN 2800051

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Photograph of an external view of the Crystal Palace, the site of the 1851 Great Exhibition. There is a fenced area in the foreground, running along the building and containing some exhibition items. A wheeled carriage is visible in the middle ground in an open area enclosed by fence posts towards the foreground.

This photograph is from Volume II (RCIN 2800001) of ' Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, 1851: Reports by the Juries on the Subjects in the Thirty Classes into which the Exhibition was Divided'. The incredibly successful Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, commonly known as the Great Exhibition, ran from May to October 1851.  At the exhibition's conclusion, over 100 copies of the four volume 'Reports by the Juries' were distributed to foreign governments and notable participants. The reports consist of the juries' comments and assessments of the works displayed in the exhibition. The idea and decision to illustrate the reports with photographs is attributed to Prince Albert (1819-61).

  • Creator(s)

    Claude-Marie Ferrier (1811-89) (photographer)

  • 16.1 x 20.7 cm (image)

  • 'View of east end of building'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Greater London [England]
              • London [Greater London]
                • City of Westminster
                  • Hyde Park [London]
                    • The Crystal Palace [Hyde Park]
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
      • Sports
        • Riding and driving (horse and animal sports)
          • Carriage driving
    • Genealogy and Heraldry
      • Flags
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Botany
        • Systematic botany
          • Trees