Royal Albert Hall Exterior Proposal


Victoria and Albert Museum

Institutional Internal Reference Code:



Proposal for the exterior of the Royal Albert Hall, plaster, Major-General Henry Young Darracott Scott, England, 1868.

Date of creation:

1868 (?)

Extent of basic medium:

1 model, part of a series, plaster.

Name of creator(s):

Scott, Henry Young Darracott (Major-General)

Administrative / contextual / biographical history:

Model, plaster, panel showing an elevated section of the building with three storeys. The first storey has three windows surmounted by flaming torches. The middle floor has three arched windows each with a balcony and divided by double Ionic pilasters. The upper level has a balustrade and a door in the centre and is divided by four female caryatids which support a frieze (painted) depicting figures in a procession bearing greek sculptures and architectural models. It is part of a series of panels, which illustrate the proposed designs for the exterior of the Royal Albert Hall, commissioned as a Hall of Arts and Sciences.

For more information, please read Experimenting with Models: The Royal Albert Hall’s case

Conditions governing access:

Copyright: © Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2017. All Rights Reserved.

Materials, physical characteristics and technical requirements:

Pigmented plaster on board. Height: 106.6 cm, Width: 57.6 cm.

Finding aids available:

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Exhibtion / Display history:

Known to be in the South Kensington Museum of Construction Collection in 1876. Exhibited in the Display ‘Building the Royal Albert Hall’, V&A, 6 May 2017 – 7 January 2018.

Subjects (Getty Art & Arch Thesaurus):

Theatre, architecture; model-making, models (representations)


London, South Kensington, Albertopolis.


Scott, Henry Young Darracott, Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Henry Cole, Prince of Wales.