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Photograph - Partially Draped Nude
  • Partially Draped Nude
    Fenton, Roger, born 1819 - died 1869
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Partially Draped Nude

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    London (Roger Fenton's studio carpet is visible in the foreground. See object PH.105-1984 for another example of Fenton's studio carpet., photographed)

  • Date:

    1850s (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fenton, Roger, born 1819 - died 1869 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    salted paper print from wet collodion glass negative

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the kind assistance of Paul F. Walter, New York, 1979

  • Museum number:

    PH.486-1979

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 40, box B

Physical description

A mounted sepia-coloured photograph of a seated woman draped in fabric with her right breast exposed. Her gaze is downward and an Oriental carpet is visible in the foreground. The photograph is mounted onto a grey mount which has been inserted into a modern mount.

Place of Origin

London (Roger Fenton's studio carpet is visible in the foreground. See object PH.105-1984 for another example of Fenton's studio carpet., photographed)

Date

1850s (photographed)

Artist/maker

Fenton, Roger, born 1819 - died 1869 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

salted paper print from wet collodion glass negative

Dimensions

Width: 471 mm mount, Height: 571 mm mount

Object history note

This object was originally purchased at auction by Paul F. Walter, a private collector of photography from Christie's, London iaround 1979. It was part of an album of photographs which was sold off at Christie's, South Kensington over the period 1977-86.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Roger Fenton, 'Partially Draped Nude', salted paper print from wet collodion glass negative, 1850s

Labels and date

Roger Fenton (1819–69)
Gallery 100, 2016-17:
Roger Fenton
Semi-Draped Nude
1855–60
Pioneering British photographer Roger Fenton first experimented with the camera in 1851. His studio carpet is visible in the foreground of this photograph. The sitter was likely a professional artists’ model. The rich texture of the fabric draped over her body is enhanced by the matte qualities of the salted paper process, one of the earliest forms of photographic printing.
Salted paper print
Purchased with the assistance of Paul F. Walter
Museum no. Ph.486-1979 []
Unknown exhibition label. Probably pre-1995:

This portrait is attributed to Fenton because his studio carpet is visible in the foreground. It originated in an album of photographs by, attributed to and associated with Fenton which has been sold off at Christie's - South Kensington over the period 1977-86. Possibly Fenton chose to use the properties of matte, soft salted paper as a means of rendering the dress fabrics to their best advantage. []
Partially Draped Nude, 1850s
Roger Fenton, British, 1819-69
Salter paper print from wet collodion glass negative
Ph 486-1979
Purchased with the kind assistance of Paul F. Walter, New York

"The quality of early photographs, their tonal and textural range suggests that sensuality is one of the enduring qualities of photography. Coupled with a graceful yet profoundly human subject, Fenton's groundbreaking use of photography lay not only in his impressive technical ability but his capacity to orchestrate a scene without overpowering the sense of the model."

Charlotte Cotton, V&A, 2000 [2000]

Subjects depicted

Oriental rugs; Nudes

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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