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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Claude-Marie Ferrier (1811-89)

The Great Exhibition, 1851: Glass Fountain by Osler 1851

Salted paper print | 20.8 x 15.8 cm (image) | RCIN 2800080

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Photograph of a glass fountain with a circular base and slender stems going up to the first tier, which consists of two circular bowls placed back to back. A similar arrangement is repeated at the second tier but with smaller bowls from which a slender stem rises to a spout. The display was by Oslar.

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)

  • 20.8 x 15.8 cm (image)

  • 'Glass fountain'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Secular architecture
          • Fountains
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Glass