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Old Gate, Canton

  • Object:

    photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Guangzhou (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1910s (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Messinger Murdoch, Helen, born 1862 - died 1956 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Autochrome

  • 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.54-2018

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case XRG, shelf 844

Physical description

Autochrome depicting an archway in a city border wall. In front of the archway are various people mainly wearing farmers hats and the trunk of a tree is visible on the right of the image. Two glass plates sandwiched together to protect the autochrome emulsion layer, taped at the edges. There is a small blemish to the emulsion layer in the top left of the plate but this appears stable.

Place of Origin

Guangzhou (photographed)

Date

ca. 1910s (photographed)

Artist/maker

Messinger Murdoch, Helen, born 1862 - died 1956 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Autochrome

Marks and inscriptions

'Inv 11233'
Handwritten in pencil on the top right side of the tape surrounding the plate.

'Old Gate Canton'
Handwritten in ink on a white sticker on the left bottom edge of the tape surrounding the plate.

'4-7/ 13'
Handwritten in ink of a circular white sticker on the bottom edge of the tape surrounding the plate.

Dimensions

Height: 82 mm, Width: 102 mm, Depth: 3 mm

Descriptive line

Photograph by Helen Messinger Murdoch, 'Old Gate, Canton', Guangzhou, China, autochrome, ca. 1910s

Materials

Glass

Techniques

Autochrome; Photography

Categories

Photographs; The Royal Photographic Society

Collection

Royal Photographic Society Collection

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