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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Claude-Marie Ferrier (1811-89)

The Eastern Nave of the Crystal Palace  1851

Salted paper print | 16.4 x 21.8 cm (image) | RCIN 2800053

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Photograph of a view over the eastern nave of the Crystal Palace during the Great Exhibition of 1851. The cast-iron building is lined with exhibits including sculptures, machines and paintings.

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)

  • 16.4 x 21.8 cm (image)

  • 'View of eastern nave'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Plastic arts
        • Sculpture
          • Statues
      • Architecture
        • Architectural design
          • Interiors
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Greater London [England]
              • London [Greater London]
                • City of Westminster [London]
                  • Hyde Park [London]
                    • The Crystal Palace [Hyde Park]