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Recollections of the Great Exhibition by Hugh Owen, 1851

MS. 23051 photogr. 1

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Album of 77 salt prints from paper negatives, pasted inside, by Hugh Owen. The images show views of the interior of the Crystal Palace and exhibits from the Great Exhibition of 1851. Owen was commissioned by the juries of the Great Exhibition to create test photographs of various exhibits.


  • Creation: 1851


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MS. 23051 photogr. 1

Former reference:

Wilson Centre Accession Number: 00:6687; Wilson Centre Accession Number 2: TC 339

Biographical / Historical

Hugh Owen worked as chief cashier of the Great Western Railway in Bristol in the mid-1850s. He was making Daguerreotypes before 1845 and from around 1846 started making negatives using Talbot's calotype process. Owen was an early member of the Calotype Society, founded in London in 1847. He supplied around half of the photographs to the 1851 Reports of the Juries volumes (with French photographer Claude-Marie Ferrier) that illustrated the Great Exhibition exhibits.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased at Christie's UK, 05/05/2000, Lot 113. Previously from the estate of Charles Cloney.

Physical Facet

Salt prints from a Calotype negative

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom