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Charles Thurston Thompson 
Decorative mirror 
1853 
  
Albumen print 
8.25 x 6.25 ins 
  
Archive Farms 
 
LL/64898 
  
Charles Thurston Thompson was the first official photographer employed by the South Kensington Museum. He was officially appointed in 1856 but photographed at the Museum starting in 1853. His subject here is a mirror lent to the Museum for an exhibition of 'Decorative Furniture' at Gore House, South Kensington. Such loan objects were photographed prior to their return to lenders so that photographic copies could be sold to designers, craftsmen and students, and also filed in the Museum's library for study. Thompson included his camera, reflected in the mirror. 
 

 
  
 
  
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