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The Great Exhibition, 1851: Drunken Faun by Hogan
Salted paper print
15.2 x 19.8 cm (image)
The Royal Collection
Photograph of a plaster statue of a naked faun splayed out on a step. His left knee rests on the ground and his right leg is extended over a jar decorated with vine leaves. He steadies himself with his left arm and holds a bowl in his right hand. The sculpture by John Hogan (1800-58) was exhibited 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).