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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: Silver centre-piece in repoussé work by Froment-Meurice


Salted paper print | 20.5 x 15.2 cm (image) | RCIN 2800075

Photograph of a silver centrepiece representing Ceres, Bacchus, and Venus standing upon the terrestrial globe. The group are encircled by the zodiac and with small flying figures in relief of the genii of Plenty, Music and Concord. The globe is supported by male and female snake-footed giants. This was one of objects displayed by Froment Meurice at the Great Exhibition.

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)

  • 20.5 x 15.2 cm (image)

  • 'Silver centre-piece in repousse work'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Subject(s)
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Plastic arts
        • Metal arts
        • Sculpture
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Chemistry
        • Metals
          • Silver
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Mythical creatures
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Classical mythology
            • Ceres
            • Dionysus
            • Venus (mythology)
    • Philosophy & Psychology
      • Philosophy of mind & spirit
        • Astrology
          • Signs of the Zodiac