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The Great Exhibition, 1851: Hunter and Panther by Jerichau
Salted paper print
21.0 x 14.8 cm (image)
The Royal Collection
Photograph of a sculpture of a male figure, a hunter, carrying a panther cub against his left flank. An adult panther clings to his right leg. The hunter holds a spear in his right hand with which he is about to strike the adult panther. The sculpture by J. A. Jerichau (1816-83) was displayed at the Great Exhibition.
This photograph is from Volume IV (RCIN 2800003) of ' Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, 1851: Reports by the Juries on the Subjects in the Thirty Classes into which the Exhibition was Divided'. The incredibly successful Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, commonly known as the Great Exhibition, ran from May to October 1851. At the exhibition's conclusion, over 100 copies of the four volume 'Reports by the Juries' were distributed to foreign governments and notable participants. The reports consist of the juries' comments and assessments of the works displayed in the exhibition. The idea and decision to illustrate the reports with photographs is attributed to Prince Albert (1819-61).