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Exhibitions and records of works of art

Prince Albert recognised the importance of photography to record and document notable exhibitions and works of art


'Model house for families'


Salted paper print | 15.6 x 21.8 cm (image) | RCIN 2800029

Photograph of exterior view of a two storey brick house with the balcony inscribed `Model Houses for Families. Erected by HRH Prince Albert' with two men standing at the house entrance.

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).

Henry Roberts' book 'The Model Houses for Families, built in connexion with the Great Exhibition of 1851, by command of .... Prince Albert' describes the elements of the design of the Model Houses in detail.

  • Creator(s)

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

  • 15.6 x 21.8 cm (image)

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Subject(s)
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Domestic architecture
          • Houses