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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Claude-Marie Ferrier (1811-89)

The Great Exhibition, 1851: Nymph Preparing for the Bath and Youth Resting after the Chase by Baily 1851

Salted paper print | 20.7 x 16.9 cm (image) | RCIN 2800107

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Photograph showing two plaster statues. On the left is a full length figure of a Nymph. She is represented in the act of undressing. She rests her left hand on her chest and places her right hand on what appears to be a tree stump. The young male figure on the right is represented almost naked. He leans on a pillar positioned behind him, on the right, from which a hunting horn hangs. On the left of the man is a dog. The male figure places his left hand on the dog's head.  The sculptures by Edward Hodges Baily (1788-1867) were exhibited at the Great Exhibition.

This photograph is from Volume IV (RCIN 2800003) 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)

  • 20.7 x 16.9 cm (image)

  • 'Nymph preparing for the bath [and] youth resting after the chase'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Plastic arts
        • Sculpture
          • Statues
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Animal husbandry
          • Dogs
            • Hunting & sporting dogs
      • Construction
        • Structural parts of buildings
          • Pillars
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Classical mythology
            • Nymphs