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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Hugh Owen (1808-97)

The Great Exhibition, 1851: Embroidered Saddle from Tunis 1851

Salted paper print | 16.0 x 21.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2800056

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Photograph of a saddled displayed on a mount. The saddle is covered with decorative embroidery and embellished by tassles and chains. The saddle was displayed as part of exhibits from Tunis 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)

  • 16.0 x 21.3 cm (image)

  • 'Embroidered saddle'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Animal husbandry
          • Horses
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Clothing
          • Saddle cloths
          • Saddles
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Art needlework
        • Embroidery
      • Sports
        • Riding and driving (horse and animal sports)
          • Horse riding
    • Places
      • Africa
        • Northern Africa
          • Tunisia
            • Tunis [Tunisia]