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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: Egypt, Turkey and Greece (General View) 1851

Salted paper print | 16.9 x 22.2 cm (image) | RCIN 2800006

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Photograph of the displays for Egypt, Turkey and Greece at the 1851 Great Exhibition. Banners positioned in the upper half of the photograph state the names of the countries. In the foreground are displays of cased objects, and tables containing objects like rugs and various silver pieces. On the far left side of the photograph is a cabinet displaying objects from Persia, now Iran.

This photograph is from Volume I (RCIN 2800000) 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)

  • 16.9 x 22.2 cm (image)

  • 'Egypt, Turkey and Greece'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Places
      • Africa
        • Northern Africa
          • Egypt
      • Asia
        • Turkey
      • Europe
        • Greece
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Architectural design
          • Interiors