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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Hugh Owen (1808-97)

The Great Exhibition, 1851: Large Anchor by Brown, Lennox and Co 1851

Salted paper print | 17.4 x 22.4 cm (image) | RCIN 2800059

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Photograph of a large anchor with chain displayed together with a much smaller, similar anchor on the grounds in front of the west end of the Crystal Palace, for the 1851 Great Exhibition. The Crystal Palace is partially visible on the right. The anchor is inscribed `101-1-25. No 9010' and the plaque below it reads `Brown, Lennox and Co., London. Contractors with the Admiralty for chain-cables & anchors...'.

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)

    Hugh Owen (1808-97) (photographer)

  • 17.4 x 22.4 cm (image)

  • 'Large anchor'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Greater London [England]
              • London [Greater London]
                • City of Westminster [London]
                  • Hyde Park [London]
                    • The Crystal Palace [Hyde Park]