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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Claude-Marie Ferrier (1811-89)

The Great Exhibition, 1851: Fringe power loom by Reed and Co. 1851

Salted paper print | 16.5 x 22.0 cm (image) | RCIN 2800020

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Photograph showing a metal framed rectangular loom with other machinery visible at left edge and upper right. The loom was displayed at the Great Exhibition by Reed and Co.

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)

  • 16.5 x 22.0 cm (image)

  • 'Fringe power loom'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Machinery
      • Agriculture and related techniques
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Textiles
          • Looms