'PHOTOGRAPHS / THURSTON THOMPSON / FURNITURE / CARVED METAL WORK / ETC. / II
'Photographs / by / C. THURSTON THOMPSON / VOL. 2 / FURNITURE EXHID AT GORE HOUSE, 1853 / CARVED WOOD WORK. / METAL WORK. / ARMS AND ARMOUR.'
A sepia-colured photograph mounted in a bound 91 page album of 142 prints. The prints are usually mounted two to a page, with the National Art Library Stamp visible upper centre. There are some blank pages and end pages.
In 1853, Charles Thurston Thompson, the first Official Photographer of the South Kensington Museum (later the V&A), was commissioned to photograph a loan exhibition of furniture at Gore House, London. It was the first of many photographic campaigns documenting temporary loan exhibitions that were to become a hallmark of the Museum's photographic service.