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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Claude-Marie Ferrier (1811-89)

The Great Exhibition, 1851: Godfrey de Bouillon by Simonis 1851

Salted paper print | 20.7 x 14.9 cm (image) | RCIN 2800147

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Photograph of a plaster statue of a male figure on horseback, wearing full chainmail armour, a crown and a tunic with a cross on the chest area. He holds a shield on his left arm and raises a banner with his right hand. The horse has its left foreleg raised and stands on a plinth surrounded by at least four much smaller sculptures of young children. The sculpture is by Louis-Eugène Simonis (1810-93) and was exhibited at the Great Exhibition.

This photograph is from Volume IV (RCIN 2800003) 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)

    Godfrey de Bouillon (c. 1060-1100)
  • 20.7 x 14.9 cm (image)

  • 'Godfrey de Bouillon'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Plastic arts
        • Sculpture
          • Statues
      • Sports
        • Riding and driving (horse and animal sports)
          • Horse riding
    • History
      • History of Europe
        • Europe-History (Middle Ages c 375-1492)
          • Europe-History (From the Crusades to the discovery of America 1096-1492)
            • Europe-History (The Crusades 1096-1270)
        • General medieval and modern history (European history)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Armour
              • Shields (armour)
              • Chainmail
            • Spears
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Jewellery
          • Crowns
        • Clothing
          • Tunics