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Photograph - Egyptian Princess, Museum Collection. Salted Paper Print circa 1852-60. 
Unknown Photographer
  • Egyptian Princess, Museum Collection. Salted Paper Print circa 1852-60. Unknown Photographer
    Pickering, Sarah
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Egyptian Princess, Museum Collection. Salted Paper Print circa 1852-60. Unknown Photographer

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    UK (probably, made)

  • Date:

    2010 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pickering, Sarah (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Salted paper print mounted on cardboard

  • Museum number:

    E.364-2011

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case A4, shelf EDUC, box 14.2

Physical description

A black and white photograph of a sculpted female torso, salted paper print mounted on cardboard.

Place of Origin

UK (probably, made)

Date

2010 (made)

Artist/maker

Pickering, Sarah (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Salted paper print mounted on cardboard

Dimensions

Height: 23 cm photograph, Width: 15 cm photograph, Height: 26 cm mount, Width: 18 cm mount

Descriptive line

Salted paper print, 'Egyptian Princess, Museum Collection. Salted Paper Print circa 1852-60. Unknown Photographer' from the series 'Art & Antiquities', by Sarah Pickering, 2010

Labels and date

The object depicted was sold to a museum as an ancient sculpture but is actually a 21st-century forgery. The photograph itself also masquerades as an historic artefact. Labelled as a mid 19th-century work, it is in fact a new print made using one of the earliest photographic processes. This complex exploration of authorship and authenticity was inspired by the 2010 V&A display, The Metropolitan Police Service's Investigation of Fakes and Forgeries. [11/08/2011-27/11/2011]

Techniques

Salted paper processes; Photography

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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