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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Claude-Marie Ferrier (1811-89)

The Great Exhibition, 1851: Clockcase Carved in Wood by Lienard 1851

Salted paper print | 11.8 x 17.9 cm (image) | RCIN 2800087

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Photograph of a clock case with a circular clock, flanked on either side by plant scrollwork. The rectangular clock case is carved with a hunting scene containing a boar, hounds and huntsmen, one of whom is on horseback.

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)

  • 11.8 x 17.9 cm (image)

  • 'Clockcase carved in wood'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Home economics
        • Furniture & accessories
          • Furniture
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Animal husbandry
          • Dogs
          • Field sports (hunting, shooting, stalking)
            • Boar hunting
            • Hunting methods
              • Hunting on horseback
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Precision mechanisms & instruments
          • Horology (Watch & clock making)
            • Clocks