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The Sirens

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Date:

    c.1900 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Day, William James, born 1854 - died 1939 (photographer)
    Baldry, Alfred Lys, born 1858 - died 1939 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Platinum print

  • Museum number:

    PH.3291-1899

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 577

Physical description

Black and white photograph of two toples women from behind, sitting on a pebble beach and looking out at the sea. One woman has her hair pulled back in a bun and the other has her hair down.

Date

c.1900 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Day, William James, born 1854 - died 1939 (photographer)
Baldry, Alfred Lys, born 1858 - died 1939 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Platinum print

Dimensions

Length: 32.7 cm sheet, Width: 26 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Photograph by Baldry & Day, 'The Sirens', c.1900, platinum print

Labels and date

Gallery 100, 2016-17:

Alfred Lys Baldry (1858–1939) and
William James Day (active 1890–1900)
‘The Sirens’
1899

As well as drawing from life models, art students used photographs to hone their skills in rendering the nude. Here, the fleshy bodies and wavy hair create lines that stand out against the contrasting background textures. The photograph was made using the platinum process, which created a wide tonal range. The title refers to the mythological creatures whose singing lured unwary sailors onto rocks.

Platinum print
Museum no. Ph.3291-1899 []

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Platinum process

Categories

Photographs; Romance; Photographic Studies

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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