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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Hugh Owen (1808-97)

Crystal Palace during The Great Exhibition, 1851: General View from Transept, Looking Eest 1851

Salted paper print | 17.2 x 22.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2800009

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Photograph showing the interior of the Crystal Palace during the Great Exhibition. The view is of the transept, looking east. A statue of the Marquis of Bute is located on the right, in 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)

    Hugh Owen (1808-97) (photographer)

    John Stuart, 4th Earl & 1st Marquis of Bute (1744-1814)
  • 17.2 x 22.5 cm (image)

  • 'General view from Transept, looking east'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • 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
        • Architectural design
          • Interiors