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The Museum's first photographers

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  • What:
    Free talks & tours
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  • Where:
    Meeting Point, Grand Entrance

GALLERY TALK: Sir Henry Cole, the first director of the V&A (then the South Kensington Museum), understood how photography could extend the reach of the Museum.

In 1856, he appointed his brother-in-law Charles Thurston Thompson as Museum Photographer. The first museum photographic service was born. The V&A's rehang of photographs from the permanent collection in Gallery 100 includes a focus display of works produced by the Museum's photographers, including Thurston Thompson, members of the Royal Engineers and Isabel Agnes Cowper, the first female to have such a role. Join Photographs cataloguer Erika Lederman in a discussion of the role of the V&A's nineteenth-century staff photographers.


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