Model House for Families

Made:
1851 in Hyde Park
photographer:
Claude-Marie Ferrier

A photograph entitled 'Model House for Families', taken by Claude-Marie Ferrier in 1851.

The photograph shows a model house designed by Henry Roberts for working-class families, funded by Prince Albert (1841-1910) and shown at the Great Exhibition. Prince Albert was President of the Society for Improving the Condition of the Labouring Classes and was fascinated by the problems of providing housing for those on a low income. These houses proved to be an extremely popular exhibit and the design actually went into construction shortly after the exhibition ended.

The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, held in 1851 in the purpose-built Crystal Palace, Hyde Park, London, was the first industrial exhibition. Over 100,000 exhibits were shown from around the world.

This photograph is an illustration from 'Reports by the Juries' (1852), a four-volume work on the contents of the exhibition, illustrated with 155 photographs by Claude-Marie Ferrier and Hugh Owen (1804-1881). Only 140 presentation sets of this work were produced, to be given to notables of those countries which participated in the exhibition as a record of the great event.

Details

Category:
Photographs
Collection:
Kodak Collection
Object Number:
1990-5036/13692/22
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford