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Exhibitions and records of works of art

Prince Albert recognised the importance of photography to record and document notable exhibitions and works of art

HUGH OWEN (1808-97)

The Great Exhibition, 1851: Camel Gun from India


Salted paper print | 17.3 x 22.1 cm (image) | RCIN 2800031

Photograph of a camel gun, known as a zamburak, positioned on top of a saddle. The saddle is displayed on top of a mount covered with a fringed textile. Zamburaks were a type of swivel gun, attached to the saddle used on camels, reasoning the title given here. The 'camel gun' was displayed as part of exhibits from India 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)

    Hugh Owen (1808-97) (photographer)

  • 17.3 x 22.1 cm (image)

  • 'Camel gun'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Asia
        • India
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Firearms
              • Guns
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Clothing
          • Saddle cloths