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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: Ino and Bacchus by Foley


Salted paper print | 14.5 x 21.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2800110

Photograph of a sculpture of Ino and an infant Bacchus. Ino lies on the ground beside the infant Bacchus, who lies on his back with his arms outstretched. Ino holds a bunch of grapes in her right hand, dangling them above Bacchus. There are a few bunches of grapes by Bacchus' feet. The sculpture was exhibited by John Henry Foley (1818-74) 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)

  • 14.5 x 21.3 cm (image)

  • 'Ino and Bacchus'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Subject(s)
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Plastic arts
        • Sculpture
          • Statues
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Classical mythology
            • Dionysus
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Horticulture
          • Grapes