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Francis Bedford (1815-94)

Works of Art Exhibited at Marlborough House, 1854: Silver Vase by Vechte 1854

Albumen print | 21.0 x 13.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2800172

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Photograph of a silver vase decorated with a scene from the Gigantomachy, the battle between the Olympian Gods and the Giants. Zeus is depicted on the lid of the case. He is seated on an eagle and holds thunderbolts in his right hand. The Giants are presented on the body of the vase as male nude figures with clubs. They are shown scrambling over, and being crushed by rocks. Each handle has a male nude figures, standing on the inside, wrestling with serpents. The base is decorated with reclining horned figures.
  • Creator(s)

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    Francis Bedford (1815-94) (photographer)

  • 21.0 x 13.5 cm (image)

  • 'Silver Vase by Vechte'

  • 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]
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Chemistry
        • Metals
          • Silver
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Reptiles
            • Snakes
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Packaging
          • Containers
            • Vessels (containers)
              • Vases
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Classical mythology
            • Zeus (Greek deity)
    • Social sciences
      • Ethnology
        • Folklore
          • The Supernatural
            • Giants (myth)