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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


Works of Art Exhibited at Marlborough House, 1854: Ivory Tankard


Albumen print | 18.0 x 13.8 cm (image) | RCIN 2800223

Photograph of an ivory tankard carved with the figure of an overweight, mature, inebriated Bacchus held by two men. Behind them, a man plays the horn and beside them, on the left, a male figure carries a basket of grapes on his head. The tankard has metal base, lid and handle. On top of the lid is an ivory cherub.
  • Creator(s)

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    Francis Bedford (1815-94) (photographer)

  • 18.0 x 13.8 cm (image)

  • 'Ivory Tankard'

  • 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]
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Home economics
        • Tableware
          • Tankards
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Horticulture
          • Grapes
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Music
        • Musical instruments
          • Brass instruments
            • Horns (musical instruments)
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Classical mythology
            • Pan (myth)
            • Dionysus
    • Children