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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Claude-Marie Ferrier (1811-89)

The Great Exhibition, 1851: Agricultural Implements by Garrett and Sons 1851

Salted paper print | 13.6 x 21.0 cm (image) | RCIN 2800035

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Photograph showing a traction steam engine with agricultural machines on either side. The backgound is not in focus but an equestrian statue can be seen on the left hand side of the photograph. The display was shown by Garrett and Sons at the Great Exhibition.

This photograph is from Volume II (RCIN 2800001) 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)

  • 13.6 x 21.0 cm (image)

  • 'Agricultural implements'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Agricultural implements
          • Threshing machine
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Steam engines (machines for steam propulsion)