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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Claude-Marie Ferrier (1811-89)

The Great Exhibition, 1851: The Amazon by Kiss 1851

Salted paper print | 16.1 x 21.6 cm (image) | RCIN 2800102

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Photograph showing a bronzed zinc sculpture of a bare-chested Amazon on horseback being attacked by a tiger. The tiger has jumped onto the horse's front and is biting the horse's neck. The female figure holds a spear aloft in her right hand pointed in the direction of the tiger. The sculpture by Kiss was displayed in the Great Exhibition. In the background, on the far right, is a view of further exhibits in 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)

  • 16.1 x 21.6 cm (image)

  • 'The Amazon'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Spears
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Animal husbandry
          • Horses
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Mammals
            • Carnivorous mammals
              • Felines
                • Tigers
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Plastic arts
        • Sculpture