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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Claude-Marie Ferrier (1811-89)

The Great Exhibition, 1851: Group in Silver by Hancock 1851

Salted paper print | 18.2 x 14.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2800072

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Photograph of a sculpture in silver. The sculpture is of a group scene featuring a male figure, in the centre, standing and brandishing a sword in his right hand as he fights against two soldiers, one in front of him and one behind. A third soldier lies on the ground on the right. The man at the centre places his left foot on a fallen horse. The base is inscribed `Goodward 1851'.

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)

  • 18.2 x 14.3 cm (image)

  • Group in silver (Hancock) [Exhibition 1851 Reports by the Juries vol.III]

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Chemistry
        • Metals
          • Silver
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Plastic arts
        • Sculpture
          • Statues
            • Equestrian Statues
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Side arms (weapons)
              • Swords