mid 20th century (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F
Place Of Origin

Photograph mounted on card showing a plaster cast of a bust of a child

object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
gelatin silver print
Brief Description
Photograph of a Plaster cast bust of a child after original of glazed terracotta ascribed to Andrea della Robbia, second half of the 15th century, cast by Jean Pouzadoux, ca. 1888, gelatin silver print, mid 20th century
Physical Description
Photograph mounted on card showing a plaster cast of a bust of a child
  • Mount height: 33cm (Note: approximate)
  • Width: 26.5cm (Note: approximate)
  • Mount height: 33cm (approx)
  • Mount width: 26.7cm (approx)
Object history
This photograph is part of a collection of photographs recently discovered in the Sculpture Section among archival material that relates to the V&A's celebrated Cast Courts. The photographs document objects in the Cast Courts, including originals from which the casts were made. The staff member who assembled this collection of photographs organised them chronologically in terms of the year that the V&A acquired the casts. Each photograph had also been indexed to the corresponding object in the V&A cast collection.

From the very beginning, the V&A commissioned and collected photographs as a way of extending the visual resources of the Museum to artists and students of art and design. Architectural and topographical photographs, as well as photographs of art objects such as these, would have been collected by the National Art Library to be used as reference material. By the late 1970s, in conjunction with the formation of the Photograph Collection as a curatorial section with the remit of collecting ‘photography as a work of art’, many of the photographs with particular relevance to other departments within the V&A were transferred in bulk to the corresponding curatorial offices. The organisation by cast date and indexing to the V&A’s casts confirms their status as reference objects.

The discovery and cataloguing of these photographs is part of the ongoing programme to reunite photographs scattered among the various departments of the Museum with the rest of the Photography Collection. They come from the same initial sources as the Photographs Collection, and are worthy of reconsideration, both as museum objects and as an important contextual reference source for not only the Cast Courts but the collections of the Museum as a whole.

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record createdJanuary 29, 2016
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