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Photograph - The Marseillaise (The Departure of the Volunteers of 1792), by François Rude, 1833–36, Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile, Paris
  • The Marseillaise (The Departure of the Volunteers of 1792), by François Rude, 1833–36, Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile, Paris
    Le Gray, Gustave, born 1820 - died 1884
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The Marseillaise (The Departure of the Volunteers of 1792), by François Rude, 1833–36, Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile, Paris

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (photographed)

  • Date:

    1852 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Le Gray, Gustave, born 1820 - died 1884 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Salted paper print

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Chauncey Hare Townshend

  • Museum number:

    68028

  • Gallery location:

    Photography Centre, Room 100, The Bern and Ronny Schwartz Gallery, case EAST WALL, shelf TOWNSHEND

Physical description

Black and white salted paper print of a sculptural group in front of a stone wall with a geometric patterned border. The group consists of a winged woman in armour floating over and leading a group of men, who are partly in armour or naked.

Place of Origin

Paris (photographed)

Date

1852 (made)

Artist/maker

Le Gray, Gustave, born 1820 - died 1884 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Salted paper print

Dimensions

Width: 368 mm Image, Height: 483 mm Image

Descriptive line

Photograph by Gustave Le Gray, The Marseillaise (The Departure of the Volunteers of 1792), by François Rude, 1833–36, Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile, Paris". Sculptural Group., 1852

Labels and date

Photography Centre 2018-20:

Collection in Focus: Chauncy Hare Townshend (1798–1868)

Chauncy Hare Townshend was one of the few serious collectors of photography in the early years of its development. Apart from Prince Albert, he remains the only identifiable British private collector of early photographs on such a scale. He was an extremely wealthy art collector and connoisseur who moved in the highest social and literary circles – Charles Dickens even dedicated Great Expectations to him. Townshend bequeathed his large art collection, including paintings, furniture, gemstones, books and coins, as well as his photographs, to the South Kensington Museum (now the V&A) in 1868. His impressive photography collection ranged from images of political, military and contemporary events to a particularly striking group of French fine art photographs. Practising photographers tended to collect photographs, exchanging works as examples of style and process. But Townshend, who was not a photographer, recognised both photography’s documentary value, and even more so, its exciting new artistic capabilities.

7. Gustave Le Gray (1820–84)
The Marseillaise (The Departure of the Volunteers of 1792), by François Rude, 1833–36, Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile, Paris
1852
Salted paper print
Museum no. 68028 []

Materials

Photographic paper; Salted paper

Techniques

Photography

Subjects depicted

Sculpture

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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