Charles Thurston Thompson (British, Peckham 1816–1868 Paris)
Salted paper print from glass negative
22.0 x 28.7 cm (8 11/16 x 11 5/16 in.)
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1992
Not on view
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.
Inscription: Embossed on mount, recto LC [below photograph]: "PHOTOGRAPHED BY // C. THURSTON THOMPSON"; inscribed in pencil on mount recto beneath image LR: "French Machinery."
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 10," August 28, 1995–November 13, 1995.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 36," November 3, 2003–March 7, 2004.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Napoleon III and Paris," June 9–September 7, 2009.
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."