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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: Window from Tunis


Salted paper print | 21.8 x 16.9 cm (image) | RCIN 2800156

Photograph showing a Tunisian plaster window. The window is rectangular in shape with a semi-circular arch inside. The arch is supported by columns, enclosing a space densely decorated with a star-like geometric design. The window was among objects from Tunis displayed 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)

    Hugh Owen (1808-97) (photographer)

  • 21.8 x 16.9 cm (image)

  • 'Window'

  • Presented to Queen Victoria

  • Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Construction
        • Structural parts of buildings
          • Windows
            • Moorish Windows
            • Lattice Windows
          • Columns
    • Places
      • Africa
        • Northern Africa
          • Tunisia
            • Tunis [Tunisia]
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Architectural design
          • Arches
      • Abstract designs