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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 Transept, looking South 1851

Salted paper print | 21.3 x 16.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2800048

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Photograph of the interior of Crystal Palace, during the Great Exhibition, 1851. There is a metal gateway in the mid-foreground, several statues and a fountain in the middle ground and a large tree in background. The three tier galleries of the pavilion are clearly visible.

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)

  • 21.3 x 16.3 cm (image)

  • 'View of transept, looking south'

  • 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
      • Plastic arts
        • Sculpture
          • Statues
      • Architecture
        • Secular architecture
          • Fountains
          • Gateways