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Photograph - Caltagirone: Albergo diPoveri [sic] (formerly church of Santa Maria di Gesu).
  • Caltagirone: Albergo diPoveri [sic] (formerly church of Santa Maria di Gesu).
    Briggs, Ella, born 1880 - died 1977
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Caltagirone: Albergo diPoveri [sic] (formerly church of Santa Maria di Gesu).

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Sicily (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1937 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Briggs, Ella, born 1880 - died 1977 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Museum number:

    192-1937

  • Gallery location:

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

Ella Briggs (b. Baumfeld, Vienna, 1880, died London, 1977) initially worked internationally as an interior designer before graduating as an architect from the University of Munich in 1920. She designed housing for the Western Baugesellschaft in Vienna from 1920-36, after which she was forced to emigrate to England. She travelled twice to Sicily in the early 1930s to take photographs of the vernacular architecture there, and offered her prints to the V&A for the sum of £14 and 14 Shillings. This image is underpinned by an awareness of structure and composition. The church door is framed at a steep angle, and sharp lines meet the delicate shadow of the tree artistically. Briggs plays with light and shade, natural and human architecture.

Physical description

Black and white photograph of a church doorway with the shadow of a tree at an angle. Mounted on green museum card.

Place of Origin

Sicily (photographed)

Date

ca. 1937 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Briggs, Ella, born 1880 - died 1977 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print

Dimensions

Height: 168 mm image, Width: 119 mm image

Object history note

Ella Briggs travelled twice to Sicily in the early 1930s to take photographs of the vernacular architecture there, and offered her prints to the V&A for the sum of £14 and 14 Shillings. It is possible that Briggs was hoping to earn some money and realised that Museums were interested in topographical photographs for their collection.

Descriptive line

20thC Caltagirone: Albergo diPoveri [sic] (formerly church of Santa Maria di Gesu). Photograph by Ella Briggs, ca. 1937.

Subjects depicted

Doorways; Shadow; Church

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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