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V&A Exhibition: Gothic Architecture and 19th-Century Photography

Westminster, with The Henry VII Chapel and Clock Tower of The Houses of Parliament, Stephen Ayling, about 1869Drawing on the V&A's rich holdings of 19th-century photographs, this new display examines the relationship that developed between photography and architectural practice in the 19th century and explores how photography facilitated the re-discovery of an idealised past. The display also addresses the role played by photography in the recording of buildings before demolition and its use as a tool for preserving the national architectural heritage.

The display features a range of photographs by leading British, French and Italian photographers, alongside of which is a selection of drawings, sketch books, watercolours and prints. It has been curated by Ashley Givens, Assistant Curator of Photographs and Barbara Lasic, Assistant Curator of Designs.

The exhibtion is open from 7 January–16 May 2010 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 in Room128a Architecture. Admission is free.

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