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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Claude-Marie Ferrier (1811-89)

The Great Exhibition, 1851: Jars, Hookah and other ceramic items from India 1851

Salted paper print | 22.3 x 17.4 cm (image) | RCIN 2800082

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Photograph of ceramic items from India, displayed at the 1851 Great Exhibition. At the centre, left, is a large vase with serpentine design on body. Beside the vase, on the right, is a hookah pipe, a small jug on circular dish and a covered cup. On the left of the photograph are two jars.

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)

  • 22.3 x 17.4 cm (image)

  • 'Jars, Hookah, &c.'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Packaging
          • Containers
            • Vessels (containers)
              • Vases
      • Home economics
        • Tableware
          • Jugs
      • Ceramics
    • Places
      • Asia
        • India