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Photograph - Italian Fine Art Gallery, Great Hall, Exhibition Building, 1880-1881 Image Reg. No: MM 107925

Summary:
View of the Italian Fine Art Gallery display along the southern wall of the eastern nave 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 Italian Court occupied the south-eastern balcony area, next to France and opposite the art displays of Germany and Great Britain on the northern side of the nave. Several works can be identified with their catalogue listings, including Florentine artist Michele Gordigiani's 'Portrait of H.M. Victor Emmanuel II'.

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 Italian Fine Arts Gallery in the eastern nave, Exhibition Building, showing the paintings and sculpture.
Acknowledgement:
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, art, exhibitions, exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, gardens, buildings, art exhibitions, 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
Artist: Cavaliere Gordigiani, Florence, Italy, 1880
Artist: Jacopo d'Andrea, Venice, Italy, 1880
Artist: Ettore Cumbo, Florence, Italy, 1880

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