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Prince Albert recognised the importance of photography to record and document notable exhibitions and works of art


Works of Art Exhibited at Marlborough House, 1854: Bas-Relief by Maclise in Fictile Ivory


Albumen print | 11.6 x 17.9 cm (image) | RCIN 2800219

Photograph of a semi-circular model representing the first stage, infancy, of 'The Seven Ages of Man', a reference to Jacque's speech in 'As You Like It' by William Shakespeare (1564-1616). A rose climber frames the scene. At the centre of the sculpture is a woman standing and holding a small child with both arms. On the left, a woman kneels next next to a cradle and offers a rattle to the child, held by the other woman. On the right, a man sits on a bench, facing left. There is a tankard on table behind him.

As indicated by the title, the sculpture 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)

    After Daniel Maclise (1806-70) (maker)

  • 11.6 x 17.9 cm (image)

  • 'Bas-Relief by Maclise in Fictile Ivory'

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

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Greater London [England]
              • London [Greater London]
                • City of Westminster
                  • Marlborough House [London]
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Plastic arts
        • Sculpture
          • Reliefs
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Botany
        • Systematic botany
          • Flowering plants
            • Roses
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Toys and Decorations
          • Toys
            • Rattles
      • Home economics
        • Furniture & accessories
          • Beds
            • Cradles
        • Tableware
          • Tankards