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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Claude-Marie Ferrier (1811-89)

The Great Exhibition, 1851: Cast-iron Gates by Coalbrook Dale Company 1851

Salted paper print | 14.7 x 19.4 cm (image) | RCIN 2800065

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Photograph showing highly decorated cast-iron gates and pillars. The gate closest to the camera is displayed open. On the far left side of the photograph is a display of plants. The display was by Coalbrook Dale Company.

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)

  • 14.7 x 19.4 cm (image)

  • 'Cast-iron gates'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Ironwork
      • Construction
        • Structural parts of buildings
          • Doors
            • Gates
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Shropshire [England]
              • Coalbrookdale [Shropshire]