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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: Agate Cup and Old German Tankard 1854

Albumen print | 13.1 x 17.9 cm (image) | RCIN 2800203

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Photograph of an agate cup, on the left, and a tankard. The cup has Late Gothic-style intricate metalwork silver-gilt mounts around the base, neck, mouth, and the handle. The metal tankard has a domed, hinged lid with foliate scrolls. The cast on the lid is of a dragon on top of a flower. Above the hinge is a relief of a child's face. The body has foliate scrolls and is decorated by at least two oval open metalwork medallions with figures.

The agate cup is now held by the Victoria and Albert museum.
  • Creator(s)

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    Francis Bedford (1815-94) (photographer)

  • 13.1 x 17.9 cm (image)

  • 'Agate Cup and Old German Tankard'

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Greater London [England]
              • London [Greater London]
                • City of Westminster
                  • Marlborough House [London]
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Home economics
        • Tableware
          • Cups
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Mythical creatures
            • Dragons