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.

Love 1862: An Introduction

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are well known for being one of the most romantic couples in the history of the British monarchy. So when the editors of visit1862 discovered that the anniversary of their wedding (10th February 1840) falls … Continue reading

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The Festival Ode

We think that Tennyson’s poem merits inclusion in The Objects column, as our research is discovering that poetry celebrating International Exhibitions was quite a typical Victorian response to these events.  Inventive (if rather florid) rhyming couplets can be found in … Continue reading

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The Twelfth Day of an 1862 Christmas…

On the twelfth day of Christmas the 1862 Committee gave to me… twelve Drummers Drumming For our final post on the twelve days of an 1862 Christmas, let us conclude by having a look at the interior of the exhibition … Continue reading

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The Eleventh Day of an 1862 Christmas…

On the eleventh day of Christmas the 1862 Committee gave to me… eleven Pipers Piping   Although not a design from Crace’s 1862 scheme, this watercolour does demonstrate something of Crace’s approach to organ design.  In 1862, a ‘blind’ man … Continue reading

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The Tenth Day of an 1862 Christmas…

On the tenth day of Christmas the 1862 Committee gave to me… ten Lords a Leaping   The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 was established in 1850 to oversee the organisation of the first International Exhibition – known … Continue reading

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The Ninth Day of an 1862 Christmas…

On the ninth day of Christmas the 1862 Committee gave to me… nine Ladies Dancing   This bodice and skirt, made of jaquard-woven silk trimmed with satin and lined with glazed cotton, was donated to the Victoria and Albert Museum … Continue reading

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The Eighth Day of an 1862 Christmas…

On the eighth day of Christmas the 1862 Committee gave to me… eight Maids a Milking   This teapot was made as part of a service displayed at the 1862 International Exhibition.  In April 1862 the Melbourne newspaper, The Argus, … Continue reading

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The Seventh Day of an 1862 Christmas…

On the seventh day of Christmas the 1862 Committee gave to me… seven Swans a Swimming   Alexandra Palace – The People’s Palace – was opened in 1873.  Using some of the materials which had originally been used to construct … Continue reading

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The Sixth Day of an 1862 Christmas…

On the sixth day of Christmas the 1862 Committee gave to me… six Geese a Laying This earthenware tazza was made by Milton in Stoke-on-Trent for display at the 1862 International Exhibition.  Painted by Thomas Kirkby, after the work of … Continue reading

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The Fifth Day of an 1862 Christmas…

On the fifth day of Christmas the 1862 Committee gave to me… five Gold Rings While lots of the objects which were displayed at the 1862 International Exhibition were huge in scale, this was not universally the case.  Others were … Continue reading

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