Fading Away

Photograph
1858 (photographed)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F
Artist/Maker



object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Albumen print
Brief Description
Photograph by Henry Peach Robinson, Fading Away, albumen print, 1858.
Dimensions
  • Image height: 238mm
  • Image width: 375mm
Gallery Label
Making It Up: Photographic Fictions (2018) Marta Weiss This was one of the most famous and controversial tableau photographs of the Victorian period. A depiction of the final moments of a graceful young consumptive surrounded by her family, it was composed from five separate negatives, using a technique that Robinson had learned from O.G. Rejlander. Critics were less concerned with the picture’s overt theatricality than with whether forming a single picture from negatives taken on different occasions constituted a betrayal of photography’s truthfulness.
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.
Associated Object
PROV.2493-2017 (RPS Group record)
Other Numbers
  • XRP1485 - RPS collection - V&A identifier
  • 2003-5001/2/23282 - Science Museum Group accession number
Collection
Accession Number
RPS.2314-2017

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record createdAugust 22, 2017
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