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French Machinery

Charles Thurston Thompson (British, Peckham 1816–1868 Paris)

Date:
1855
Medium:
Salted paper print from glass negative
Dimensions:
22.0 x 28.7 cm (8 11/16 x 11 5/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.5030
  • Description

    This celebration of progress--iron and glass architecture and steam engines shown in powerful perspective--records the displays in the Palace of Industry at the 1855 Universal Exposition in Paris. This world's fair of art and technology was the French response to the gauntlet thrown down by the British at the 1851 Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in the Crystal Palace in London.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Embossed on mount, recto LC [below photograph]: "PHOTOGRAPHED BY // C. THURSTON THOMPSON"; inscribed in pencil on mount recto beneath image LR: "French Machinery."

  • Provenance

    Robert Herschkowitz

  • Notes

    Compare Robinson and Herschman, Architecture Transformed (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1987), pl. 49, credited to R.J. Bingham with following caption information: "Paris Universal Exhibition, state of the arrangements on the first of May, 1855. From C.Thurston Thompson and R.J. Bingham, Paris Universal Exposition of 1855. Albumen silver print. Courtesy of the Board of Trustees of the Victoria & Albert Museum."

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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    MetPublications
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