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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Hugh Owen (1808-97)

The Great Exhibition, 1851: Mediaeval Tomb by Myers 1851

Salted paper print | 22.0 x 16.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2800091

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Photograph of a Gothic style tomb in Caen stone. The tomb depicts a male figure with his hands clapsed in prayer. There is an angel at his head. Beneath the figure is the funeral receptacle decorated with five heraldic shields. The tomb is enclosed by a highly decorated archway ending in a pinnacle, with a pair of spires on either side.

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)

    Hugh Owen (1808-97) (photographer)

  • 22.0 x 16.3 cm (image)

  • 'Mediaeval tomb'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Construction
        • Structural parts of buildings
          • Columns
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Gothic architecture
        • Architectural history
        • Ecclesiastical & religious architecture
          • Funerary architecture
            • Tombs
    • Genealogy and Heraldry
      • Heraldry
        • Escutcheons (coats of arms)
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Angels, demons, devils, saints
            • Angels