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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Claude-Marie Ferrier (1811-89)

The Great Exhibition, 1851: Libussa by Miller 1851

Salted paper print | 21.4 x 15.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2800129

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Photograph of a statue of Queen Libussa of Prussia, cast by Miller from models by Schwanthaler. The Queen is represented standing with her head turned half to the left. She wears a full length dress with a waist tie and a gown. She rests her left hand on her left hip and holds a scroll in her right hand.

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).