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Photograph - Fine Art Gallery, Great Hall, Exhibition Building, 1880-1881 Image Reg. No: MM 107902

Summary:
View of one of the Fine Art Gallery displays, possibly the British exhibits, in the Great Hall at the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition held at the Exhibition Buildings, Carlton Gardens, between 1 October 1880 and 30 April 1881.

The picture galleries of the various countries were situated on the first floor balconies of the main Exhibition Building. The Victorian Court occupied the north-western balcony area, and continued along the western wall of the north transept of the Building. The British picture galleries were located on the opposing, eastern wall of the transept, but due to the large volume of British works sent out, and the available wall space in the Victorian Court opposite, several British works were hung alongside those by local artists.

This is one of seventy-six photographs in a photograph album. Twenty-six photographs are of the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition. The photographs provide us with important visual evidence about the gardens around the Exhibition Building, and interior exhibits, including detailed images of the British Art Court, the ceramic and pottery exhibits in the Main Hall, and the appearance of the Avenue of Nations. The photographs are taken from glass plates and retain an excellent level of clarity and detail.

The album also contains a number of photographs in the 'Frith's Series', taken by British photographer Francis Frith, or members of his staff, of Gibraltar, and villages and towns in Britain.
Description:
Albumen photograph mounted on buff-coloured card in red, cloth-covered, photograph album with decorative gold tooled border and gold tooled lettering in centre of front cover.
Description Of Content:
International Exhibition, Melbourne, 1880. Interior view of the Fine Arts Gallery in the Annexe, Exhibition Building, showing the paintings and sculpture.
Acknowledgement:
Source: Museum Victoria
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 135 mm (Height), 180 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Dimensions of photograph only

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Tagged with: civic mementoes, art, exhibitions, exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, gardens, buildings, keepsakes, royal exhibition building, public ceremonies, photography, exterior views
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Exhibition Building Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Melbourne International Exhibition 1880
Tertiary Classification: photograph albums
Inscriptions: Written inside the front cover of album: 'W.W.Scott/ c/o Horticultural Press/ 78A Victoria Street/ Melbourne C1/ Box 1944/ Phone F2656/ [illegible]; Sold by G.W.Harris, Donolly Victoria.'
Format: Photograph: Monochrome
Place & Date Depicted: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880

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