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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Claude-Marie Ferrier (1811-89)

The Great Exhibition, 1851: Articles in Indian Rubber by Mackintosh 1851

Salted paper print | 19.5 x 15.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2800096

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Photograph showing several objects produced in rubber, such as a dinghy, by Mackintosh and displayed at the Great Exhibition. Several items are arranged inside or on the dinghy, including a lifejacket, a pair of gloves and pieces of cloth. Many other objects are arranged on a panel behind the dinghy including a large wheel, a bow, a coat, shoes, cushions and several other items.

This photograph is from Volume III (RCIN 2800002) 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)

  • 19.5 x 15.5 cm (image)

  • 'Articles in Indian rubber'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
        • albums
          • photograph albums
    Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Vessels (marine)
          • Boats
            • Dinghies
        • Waterway engineering
          • Buoys
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Clothing
          • Footwear
            • Shoes
          • Gloves
          • Coats
    • Places
      • Asia
        • India