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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Claude-Marie Ferrier (1811-89)

The Great Exhibition, 1851: Dressing case and other objects by Marrel Brothers 1851

Salted paper print | 13.0 x 20.0 cm (image) | RCIN 2800073

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Photograph showing some of the objects in silver and silver gilt exhibited by the Marrel Brothers. The objects include a dressing case, a silver hunting knife with St Hubert on the hilt, snuff boxes, lidded cups, scent bottles and other items.

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)

    St. Hubert
  • 13.0 x 20.0 cm (image)

  • 'Dressing case, &c'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Chemistry
        • Metals
          • Silver
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Animal husbandry
          • Field sports (hunting, shooting, stalking)
      • Home economics
        • Tableware
          • Cutlery
            • Knives
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Jewellery