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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Claude-Marie Ferrier (1811-89)

The Great Exhibition, 1851: Design for Fountain by André 1851

Salted paper print | 19.4 x 14.2 cm (image) | RCIN 2800063

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Photograph of a cast-iron model for a fountain resting on a wooden table. The model shows a fish being caught by a crocodile and, below it, an otter and a frog. The fountain design was by M. André and was shown at the 1851 Great Exhibition.

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)

  • 19.4 x 14.2 cm (image)

  • 'Design for fountain'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Ironwork
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Secular architecture
          • Fountains
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Fish
          • Reptiles
            • Crocodilia
              • Crocodiles
          • Mammals
            • Carnivorous mammals
              • Otters
          • Amphibians
            • Frogs