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  • Place of origin:

    Coventry (made)

  • Date:

    1860s-1870s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Skidmore's Art Manufactures Co. (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 albumen print from a glass negative, a type of photograph dating to the 1860s to 1870s, is of the base of what is probably a lamp-post and is the work of the firm of Francis Skidmore (1817-1896). The photograph is thus a record of the work done and comes from an archive of designs and photographs from the firm. The back of the photograph is inscibed in handwriting 'The Earl of Durham' so it is likely that the lamp-post was made for him.

Skidmore made a lectern for Durham Cathedral about 1870-1876 so this lamp-post may date from the same period.

Physical description

Albumen print (brownish) of the ornate base of a lamp post.

Place of Origin

Coventry (made)


1860s-1870s (made)


Skidmore's Art Manufactures Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print on paper mounted on card

Marks and inscriptions

'The Earl of Dur ham'
The Earl of Durham
handwritten in pencil on back


Height: 32.7 cm, Width: 16.9 cm

Object history note

The provenance is the grand-daughter of Francis Skidmore.

Descriptive line

Albumen print of the base of a lamp post made by Francis Skidmore's firm, 1860s


Albumen; Paper; Card


Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Lamp-posts; Albumen prints; Albumen process


Metalwork; Photographs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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