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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


The Great Exhibition, 1851: Cast-iron Vases


Salted paper print | 15.7 x 20.4 cm (image) | RCIN 2800078

Photographs showing three vases in cast iron on pedestals against a neutral background. The one to the right is by the Royal Prussian Iron Foundry and has figures on body representing Alexander's entry into Babylon.

This photograph is from Volume III (RCIN 2800002) 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)

  • 15.7 x 20.4 cm (image)

  • 'Cast-iron vases'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Subject(s)
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Plastic arts
        • Metal arts
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Ironwork
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Packaging
          • Containers
            • Vessels (containers)
              • Vases
    • Places
      • Ancient world
        • Mesopotamia
          • Babylonia