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Wounded Soldier

  • Object:

    photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (photographed)

  • Date:

    20 October 1842 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Beard, Richard, born 1802 - died 1885 (photographer)
    Wharton, Thomas (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Daguerreotype in a pinchbeck case.

  • Credit Line:

    The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the V&A, acquired with the generous assistance of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    RPS.610-2017

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case XRP, shelf 1476

Physical description

Daguerreotype of a posed tableau of a woman and child bringing food to a wounded soldier, seated with his head against a pillow. This daguerreotype is in a cream card mount in a glazed passe-partout frame, that has been housed in a pinchbeck case designed by Thomas Wharton.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (photographed)

Date

20 October 1842 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Beard, Richard, born 1802 - died 1885 (photographer)
Wharton, Thomas (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Daguerreotype in a pinchbeck case.

Marks and inscriptions

T. WHARTON / NO 791 / 24 AUGUST 1841
Stamped onto the verso of the pinchbeck case.

Scratches into the metal on the verso of the case, including 'No. 44'.
Green sticker with '87' on verso of case.

Dimensions

Height: 90 mm Image, Width: 65 mm Image, Height: 123 mm Case, Width: 98 mm Case, Depth: 6 mm Case

Object history note

Published in V&A Publications/Thames and Hudson 'Making It Up: Photographic Fictions' 2018, by Marta Weiss

Descriptive line

Photograph by an unknown photographer (Beard Patentee), Wounded Soldier, daguerreotype, 1842.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Published in V&A Publications/Thames and Hudson 'Making It Up: Photographic Fictions' 2018, by Marta Weiss

Book caption: The invention of the daguerreotype was announced in France in 1839. Almost immediately, it was employed not only to record the likenesses of people and places, but also staged scenarios suggestive of narrative. This sentimental depiction of a woman and child tending to a wounded soldier was most likely set up in a British daguerreotypist’s studio.

Labels and date

Making It Up: Photographic Fictions (2018)

The invention of the daguerreotype was announced in France in 1839. Almost immediately, it was employed to record not only the likenesses of people and places, but also staged scenarios suggestive of narrative. This sentimental depiction of a woman and child tending to a wounded soldier was most likely set up in a British daguerreotypist’s studio.

Marta Weiss []

Materials

Copper; Glass; Metal; Paper (fiber product)

Techniques

Daguerreotype; Photography

Categories

Photographs; Portraits; The Royal Photographic Society; Making It Up: Photographic Fictions; RPS Digitisation Project

Collection

Royal Photographic Society Collection

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