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Hyacinth in pot

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (photographed)

  • Date:

    1932 (photographed)
    ca. 1932 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bing, Ilse, born 1899 - died 1998 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Ilse Bing Wolff

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 913, box H

Ilse Bing (1899-1998) was one of several leading women photographers in the inter-war period. Born into a Jewish family in Frankfurt, she initially pursued an academic career before moving to Paris in 1930 to concentrate on photography.

In the early 1930s Bing was a prolific photographer, well-known for her modernist, journalistic city scenes. This photograph demonstrates her skill in photographing still-life, an unusual subject for her. The focus on form, the unusual angle and the emphasis on light and shade, typical of her images of buildings, add to the beauty of this strong image.

Physical description

Black and white photograph of a flowering hyacinth in shadow. Mounted loosely on cream card.

Place of Origin

Paris (photographed)


1932 (photographed)
ca. 1932 (printed)


Bing, Ilse, born 1899 - died 1998 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print

Marks and inscriptions

Studio stamp on top right of mount. Repeated on back of photograph

Ilse Bing Wolff Estate's archival reference for the work assigned prior to acquisition by the V&A. On revese of mount in pencil, bottom centre.


Height: 28.1 cm image, Width: 22.4 cm image, Height: 41.8 cm mount, Width: 34.8 cm mount

Descriptive line

Hyacinth in pot, photograph by Ilse Bing, vintage gelatin-silver print, Paris, 1932

Production Note

vintage print

Subjects depicted

Plant; Shadows; Pot; Hyacinth




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