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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Francis Bedford (1815-94)

Works of Art Exhibited at Marlborough House, 1854: Fictile Ivory. Virgin and Child in Niche 1854

Albumen print | 16.9 x 9.7 cm (image) | RCIN 2800218

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Photograph of a fictile ivory plaque containing a depiction of a religious scene. At the centre of the scene is a full length depiction of the Virgin Mary holding the infant Christ in her left arm. She stands between two angels beneath a Gothic arch. Above the Virgin Mary is an angel who reaches down towards her. His left hand is missing, Two angels stand on either side of the arch.

The plaque is made of fictile ivory. Fictile ivories are casts of objects made from ivory. The casts are usually made from Plaster of Paris. Fictile means something that can be, or is, moulded, and is pliable or flexible.

  • Creator(s)

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    Francis Bedford (1815-94) (photographer)

    Blessed Virgin Mary
    Jesus Christ
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 16.9 x 9.7 cm (image)

  • 'Fictile Ivory. Virgin and Child in Niche'

  • Commissioned by Henry Cole. Later acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
        • albums
          • photograph albums
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Greater London [England]
              • London [Greater London]
                • City of Westminster
                  • Marlborough House [London]
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Plastic arts
        • Sculpture
      • Architecture
        • Architectural design
          • Arches
            • Gothic arches
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Devotional Images of Christ
            • Virgin & Child
          • Angels, demons, devils, saints
            • Angels