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Wood Family Album

  • Object:

    Albums

  • Date:

    1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wood, Catherine Mary (maker)

  • 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.1206-2018

  • Gallery location:

    Photography Centre, Room 100, The Bern and Ronny Schwartz Gallery, case CA2

Long before 20th-century Surrealists artists adopted collage, aristocratic Victorian women embraced the technique, combining photographs with watercolour drawings for whimsical effect. Assembled into albums, these photocollages show Victorians at their most playful. On this page, the crab grasping a portrait of a young man dressed for a boat race is perhaps a reference to the phrase ‘catching a crab’, which in rowing means getting an oar stuck in the water.

Physical description

Black and gold photographs album with a geometric pattern

Date

1870 (made)

Artist/maker

Wood, Catherine Mary (maker)

Dimensions

Length: 321 mm

Descriptive line

Photographs album made by Catherine Mary Wood and belonging to Col. Wood, 'Wood Family Album', ca. 1870, albumen print and watercolour

Labels and date

Photography Centre 2018-20:

Catherine Mary Wood (dates unknown)
Album
About 1870

Long before 20th-century Surrealists artists adopted collage, aristocratic Victorian women embraced the technique, combining photographs with watercolour drawings for whimsical effect. Assembled into albums, these photocollages show Victorians at their most playful. On this page, the crab grasping a portrait of a young man dressed for a boat race is perhaps a reference to the phrase ‘catching a crab’, which in rowing means getting an oar stuck in the water.

Albumen print and watercolour
Museum no. RPS.1206-2018

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

Photography

Subjects depicted

Photography; Album

Categories

Photographs; The Royal Photographic Society

Collection

Royal Photographic Society Collection

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