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Embroidered robe

Photograph
1935 (photographed)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Photograph of an embroidered robe from an exhibition of African art


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Photograph
Brief Description
Photograph by Walker Evans depicting an embroidered robe from Behanzin, the last king of Dahomey (modern day Benin), in an exhibition entitled 'African Negro Art'. New York, 1935.
Physical Description
Photograph of an embroidered robe from an exhibition of African art
Dimensions
  • Photograph height: 214mm
  • Photograph width: 177mm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • X.202 / NEW YORK: Museum of Modern Art. / Exhibition of African Negro Art, 1935. / [Photo. No. 183] (Label on mount)
  • 183 Robe (catalog no. 247) / Dahomey. Abomey / Embroidered cloth / Collection Mme. Charles Ratton, Paris. From Behanzin, last king of Dahomey, who reigned from 1889 to 1893. (Label on mount)
Object history
NB: The term "negro" was used historically to describe people of black (sub-Saharan) African heritage but, since the 1960s, has fallen from usage and, increasingly, is considered offensive. The term is repeated here in its original historical context.



The Museum of Modern Art, New York, commissioned Walker Evans to photograph its African Negro Art exhibition of 1935. He produced 477 images and 17 sets of these images were printed, one of which the V&A bought for $50.

Displayed in "V and A Africa: Exploring Hidden Histories"

15th November 2012- 3rd February 2013
Subjects depicted
Association
Bibliographic References
  • AFRICAN NEGRO ART Photographs by Walker Evans List of Photographs The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1935
  • African Negro Art Edited by James Johnson Sweeney, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1935
Collection
Accession Number
2176-1936

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