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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Claude-Marie Ferrier (1811-89)

The Great Exhibition, 1851: Vase in repoussé work by Vechte displayed by Hunt and Roskill 1851

Salted paper print | 20.8 x 15.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2800071

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Photograph of a silver vase decorated with a depiction of the fight between Jupiter and the giants. Jupiter forms the cover of the case and is represented sitting upon his eagle. The giants are depicted on the body and handle of the vase. They are shown attempting to reach the heavens, whilst hurling trees and rocks at Jupiter. The title indicates the vase is by Antoine Vechte (1799-1868).

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 15.3 cm (image)

  • 'Vase in repousse work by Vechte'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Classical mythology
            • Jupiter (myth)
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Birds
            • Birds of prey
              • Eagles
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Packaging
          • Containers
            • Vessels (containers)
              • Vases