Category Archives: The Objects

Marmalade, Mechanical Birds, Machinery, Majolica…
In its simplest form, 1862 was essentially a vast array of objects. Selected and produced by a host of different nations, they conveyed many messages to many visitors. Such material objects lie at the heart of Design Historical approaches, which are interested in material and conceptual design from the minute to the magnificent. This column investigates core themes raised by the 1862 International Exhibition through the lens of designed objects, spaces and structures.

‘Becoming’ The Albert Memorial

All the way back in December 2013, the editors of Visit1862 mused on the possibilities of considering the 1862 International Exhibition as an ‘object obituary’ to Prince Albert, the late husband of Queen Victoria: RIP Prince Albert. Almost two whole … Continue reading

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An Aeroplane: View from the Compound

Painted in 1918, during the First World War, this impressionistic, almost Fauvist, painting depicts the view from Alexandra Palace.  A German artist who studied in London and Munich, Sauter was confined to Alexandra Palace between 1918 and 1919 while the … Continue reading

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Love 1862: Going On Honeymoon

So for the last instalment of Love 1862, we thought we’d send you off with a tale of happily ever after. In 1861, the English architect John Pollard Seddon designed this desk for his own use. To complete the desk … Continue reading

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Love 1862: Another Round!

So how was your date last night? A romantic night out with the desire of your heart? A table for two in a candlelit restaurant?  A glass of Champagne to start?  White with the fish?  Red with the main? Dessert … Continue reading

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Love 1862: Exhibition of International Love

The 1860s are not a period well known for international peace and co-operation.  In 1859 the Austrian Empire and Sardiniar had engaged in the second War of Italian Independence; between 1861 and 1865 America was drawn into civil war; between … Continue reading

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Love 1862: Royal Romance

The day itself is with us! So, from the editors of visit1862, here is our Valentine gift to you: In 1858, after at least seven years of matchmaking, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert finally married their eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, … Continue reading

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Love 1862: Rival Roses

So, there’s no escaping it, its just one more day until Valentines Day (we can already hear the collective groans!). However… what about the fortunate few with many Valentines?  Our cartoon today depicts two such young ladies in the gardens … Continue reading

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Love 1862: The Bride of Lammermoor

Victoria and Albert loved the work of Sir Walter Scott, so this painting of The Bride of Lammermoor (1819) is a suitable choice for our week of love and 1862.  Scott’s novels were a very popular source of subject matter … Continue reading

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Love 1862: Bewitched!

So, it’s that time of year again, when advertisements for dating sites are everywhere, pink chocolate hearts are for sale, and plans are made for Valentines Day (love it or loath it).  During our 1862 research we’ve come across some … Continue reading

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Love 1862: The Great British Bake Off

Today we’re celebrating the marriage of Victoria and Albert, wed upon this day in 1840, and we need a proper cake befitting the occasion… how about these two showstoppers exhibited at the 1862 International Exhibition?  Cassell’s Illustrated Guide takes us … Continue reading

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