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Photograph - Bronze figure by FA Skidmore
  • Bronze figure by FA Skidmore
    Skidmore, Francis Alexander the younger, born 1817 - died 1896
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Bronze figure by FA Skidmore

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Coventry (made)

  • Date:

    1860s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Skidmore, Francis Alexander the younger, born 1817 - died 1896 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print on paper mounted on card

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of the Friends of the National Libraries

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case M, shelf 80

This photograph of a plaster figure of an angel was taken in the photographic studio at the firm of the art metalworker Francis Skidmore (1817-1896) which was called Skidmore's Art Manufactures Company and was at Alma, Street, Coventry. The photograph, which was made by the albumen print process, was taken by an unknown photographer in the 1860s.

Physical description

Photograph, brownish albumen print, of the figure of an angel, wingless with clasped hands, looking upwards.

Place of Origin

Coventry (made)


1860s (made)


Skidmore, Francis Alexander the younger, born 1817 - died 1896 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print on paper mounted on card

Marks and inscriptions

No 1 handwritten in pencil in the bottom right corner on the front of the photograph.


Height: 26.6 cm, Width: 14.2 cm

Object history note

The provenance is the grand-daughter of Francis Skidmore.

Descriptive line

Photograph of a figure of an angel for Skidmore Art Manufactures Company

Production Note

Attribution note: The plaster figure was the base form or mandrel which was electroformed in an electrodeposition bath. Firstly, it had to be rendered electroconductive through the application of a paint that contains metal particles. Once a thick enough skin of metal was built up on the mandrel then it was removed. The mandrel, now forming the inner core was removed leaving an electroformed figure.

The background of the albumen print has partly been painted in to give a darked background to the figure.


Albumen; Paper; Card



Subjects depicted

Angel; Albumen process; Albumen prints


Metalwork; Photographs; Sculpture

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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