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Tangier. A meal

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Tangiers (possibly, photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1870 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print from wet collodion on glass negative

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Gill Saunders

  • Museum number:

    E.713-2005

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case DELTA, shelf 7

This picture shows two men seated on a rug sharing a meal from one bowl, holding balls of food in their right hands. There is a tray placed in front of them with cups, a teapot and a bowl, behind them is a large kettle on a stand. The room has many heavily patterned fabrics draped across the walls and rugs cover the floor. This photograph, made around 1870, is an example of the 'Orientalist' style made popular by the western tourist and travel market in the19th century for photographic souvenirs. It is an interesting example of a 'posed' picture, replicating an actual scene, thus combining the Victorian interests of anthropology and the exoticism of 'other' cultures.

Physical description

This picture shows two men seated on a rug sharing a meal from one bowl, they are both holding balls of food in their right hands. There is a tray placed in front of them with cups, a teapot and a bowl, behind them is a large kettle on a stand. The room has many heavily patterned fabrics draped across the walls and rugs cover the floor.

Place of Origin

Tangiers (possibly, photographed)

Date

ca. 1870 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print from wet collodion on glass negative

Marks and inscriptions

'Tangier A meal'
This has been written on the mount in ink, in the centre beneath the photograph.

Dimensions

Height: 19.2 cm photograph, Width: 24 cm photograph, Height: 27.7 cm mount, Width: 38 cm mount

Descriptive line

'Tangier. A meal', albumen print from wet collodion on glass negative, unknown photographer, possibly Tangiers, ca. 1870.

Techniques

Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Men; Rugs; Cups; Teapots; Bowls (vessels); Kettles; Food

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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