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Photograph - British Court, Main Avenue, Exhibition Building, 1880-1881 Image Reg. No: MM 107916

View of the ceramic displays of W. Brownfield & Sons of Staffordshire, in the British Court on the western side of the temporary annexe's main avenue during the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition held at the Exhibition Buildings, between 1 October 1880 and 30 April 1881.

Brownfield & Sons had their display next to the other reputable British ceramic firm, Mintons, and like them, their displays included examples of china and earthenware, ironstone and stoneware, majolica and other ceramic processes.

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.
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:
View of the Exhibition Building looking north-east from Rathdowne Street taken at the time of the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition. The Western Machinery Annexe is visible on the far left of image, while the Hochgürtel Fountain, or Exhibition Fountain, is visible on the far right of image.
Source: Museum Victoria
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 135 mm (Height), 188 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Dimensions of photograph only

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Tagged with: civic mementoes, exhibitions, exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, gardens, buildings, keepsakes, royal exhibition building, medal presentations, 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
Exhibitor: W. Brownfield & Sons, Cobridge, Staffordshire, Great Britain, 1880
Agent: Henry P. Welch & Company, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880

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