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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: Musical instruments by Sax


Salted paper print | 19.3 x 14.8 cm (image) | RCIN 2800045

Photograph showing a display case containing wind instruments invented by Mr Sax, including sax-horns, sax-trumpets, the saxophone, clarinets, trombones, bassoons, and bugle horns. The display case is inscribed `Ad.phe Sax & Co, Paris'. This cabinet containing several new classes of wind instruments invented by M. Adolphe Sax was just one among many thousands of exhibits displayed in the Great Exhibition of 1851.

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)

    Claude-Marie Ferrier (1811-89) (photographer)

  • 19.3 x 14.8 cm (image)

  • 'Musical instruments'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Subject(s)
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Music
        • Musical instruments
          • Brass instruments
            • Trumpets
            • Horns (musical instruments)
            • Saxophones
          • Woodwind instruments
            • Bassoons
    Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs