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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Hugh Owen (1808-97)

The Great Exhibition, 1851: Chain Armour and Swords from India 1851

Salted paper print | 22.4 x 15.8 cm (image) | RCIN 2800058

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Photograph of a chain mail tunic, helmet, three porte-aigrettes (plumes), two swords, a scabbard and a lance. The chain mail tunic is decorated  with a zig-zag pattern. The display was part of exhibits from India 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)

    Hugh Owen (1808-97) (photographer)

  • 22.4 x 15.8 cm (image)

  • 'Chain armour and swords'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Armour
              • Helmets
              • Chainmail
            • Side arms (weapons)
              • Swords
    • Places
      • Asia
        • India