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Photograph - The Two Ways of Life
  • The Two Ways of Life
    Rejlander, Oscar Gustav, born 1813 - died 1875
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The Two Ways of Life

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Date:

    1857 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rejlander, Oscar Gustav, born 1813 - died 1875 (photographer)

  • Credit Line:

    Purchase funded by the Cecil Beaton Fund

  • Museum number:

    E.25-2014

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case TECHS

Date

1857 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Rejlander, Oscar Gustav, born 1813 - died 1875 (photographer)

Dimensions

Height: 138 mm Image area, Width: 261 mm Image area

Object history note

This photograph was collected by 19th century photographer, William England, and by descent to Mark Mitchell. It was on long loan to the V&A from 1982 to 2013.

Descriptive line

Oscar Gustav Rejlander (1813-75) 'The Two Ways of Life' 1857; 1872 copy print by Robert Crawshay (1817-79). Albumen print.

Labels and date

Oscar Gustaf Rejlander (1813–75)
Two Ways of Life
1857; 1872 copy print by Robert Crawshay (1817–79)

This is a small-scale copy of an astonishing feat of ‘combination printing’. The original was constructed from over 30 separate negatives, each exposed independently but printed to form a unified picture so large it required two sheets of paper joined together. It showed that a photograph could be composed in the manner of painting. The moralistic subject of two brothers choosing between vice and virtue also indicates the work’s high art aspirations.
An original photograph by Robert Crawshay is also on display in this gallery.

Albumen print
Mitchell Loan [03/05/2013-16/03/2014]

Production Note

This is an 1872 copy print by Robert Crawshay (1817-79)

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Albumen process; Photography

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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