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Candlestick

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Victoria and Albert Museum, England (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1870s (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Isabel Agnes Cowper, born 1826 - died 1911 (photographer)
    Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    albumen print

  • Museum number:

    76:635

  • Gallery location:

    Photographs, room 100, case CA3

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Photographs and photographers were present from the very beginning of the V&A's history and the Museum has an extensive collection of images from the 1850s through to the present which documents the construction and development of the V&A and the South Kensington site.

Originally collected by the National Art Library as part of a programme to record works of art, architecture and design in the interest of public education, these topographic and architectural views were valued as records and as source material for students of architecture and design. As well as being crucial records of the history of the V&A, and an important element within the National Art Library's visual encyclopaedia, these photographs are also significant artefacts in the history of the art of photography.

Isabel Cowper was the sister of the South Kensington Museum's first official photographer, Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-1868) and of the Superintendent of the Museum, Richard A. Thompson. Little is known about Cowper, but in her letter of resignation in 1891, she refers to herself as the Museum's 'Official Photographer', having taken up the position after the death of her brother. As such, she is an important part of the early history of V&A and a seminal figure behind the Museum’s early uptake of photography to document the arts.

Physical description

A mounted photograph of a lamp

Place of Origin

Victoria and Albert Museum, England (photographed)

Date

ca. 1870s (photographed)

Artist/maker

Isabel Agnes Cowper, born 1826 - died 1911 (photographer)
Department of Science and Art of the Committee of Council on Education (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

albumen print

Descriptive line

Photograph by Isabel Agnes Cowper, 'Candlestick', albumen print, ca. 1870s

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Candlesticks

Categories

Photographs

Collection code

PDP

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