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The Great Exhibition, 1851: Eldon and Stowell by Watson
Salted paper print
15.0 x 19.8 cm (image)
The Royal Collection
Photograph of a marble statue of a group portrait of brothers John and William Scott (1751-1838 and 1745-1836 respectively) with Lord Eldon, the younger brother, seated to the right of Lord Stowell, also seated. Lord Eldon has his right foot on the floor and his left one on a stool. Lord Stowell has both feet on the ground with the right one placed forward and he holds a large book between his right hand and his right thigh. The sculpture by Musgrave Lewthwaite Watson (1804-47) 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).