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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Hugh Owen (1808-97)

The Great Exhibition, 1851: Column of Cornish Granite by the Cheesewring Company 1851

Salted paper print | 22.6 x 17.4 cm (image) | RCIN 2800090

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Photograph of a fluted column in the Ionic style on a square plinth displayed outside the Crystal Palace, Hyde Park, the site of the Great Exhibition. The column,  together with other items, is displayed in a space enclosed between the building and a metal fence.

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)

  • 22.6 x 17.4 cm (image)

  • 'Column of Cornish granite'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Construction
        • Structural parts of buildings
          • Columns
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Greater London [England]
              • London [Greater London]
                • City of Westminster [London]
                  • Hyde Park [London]
                    • The Crystal Palace [Hyde Park]
    • Genealogy and Heraldry
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