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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Claude-Marie Ferrier (1811-89)

The Great Exhibition, 1851: Group of Amazons by Engel 1851

Salted paper print | 19.4 x 14.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2800105

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Photograph of a marble statue depicting an Amazon carrying a female figure against her left flank and holding an axe in her right hand. She steps over a semi-recumbent male figure lying on a lion skin. The sculpture was exhibited by Engel 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)

  • 19.4 x 14.3 cm (image)

  • 'Group of Amazons'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Plastic arts
        • Sculpture
          • Statues
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Axes
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Classical mythology