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Tissue Stereograph

  • Object:

    Photographs

  • Date:

    1860s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tissue stereograph

  • 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.1315-2018

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Daniel Auber’s opera La Muette de Portici (The Mute Girl
of Portici) premiered in Paris in 1828. Its dramatic plot of
political uprising and seduction made it extremely popular.
The opera’s historical setting and spectacular effects were
particularly suited for stereoscopic photography, which
often gives a stage-set-like appearance to reality.

Physical description

Framed, two-part set of tissue stereographs in a yellow surrounding. Each of the two scenes depicts costumed cast members gathered on-stage. This scene features a festive occasion, complete with dancing and musicians. In the background, mountainous countryside and trees can be seen.

Date

1860s (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Tissue stereograph

Dimensions

Width: 17.3 cm, Height: 8.6 cm, :

Object history note

From a set of 12 tissue stereographs in original housing depicting different scenes from the opera 'La Muette'

Descriptive line

Tissue stereograph by unknown artist depicting the scene 'Fete Napolitaine' from the opera 'La Muette', about 1860s

Labels and date

Photography Centre 2018-20:

Unknown photographer
Scenes from La Muette de Portici
1860s

Daniel Auber’s opera La Muette de Portici (The Mute Girl
of Portici) premiered in Paris in 1828. Its dramatic plot of
political uprising and seduction made it extremely popular.
The opera’s historical setting and spectacular effects were
particularly suited for stereoscopic photography, which
often gives a stage-set-like appearance to reality.

Modern copies of hand-coloured tissue stereographs:

1. Scene One: La Sorentina
Museum no. RPS.1305-2018

2. Scene Two: Fenella Implore La Duchesse
Museum no. RPS.1306-2018

3. Scene Three: Amour Sacré de la Patrie
Museum no. RPS.1307-2018

4. Scene Four: Depart de Mazaniello
Museum no. RPS.1308-2018

5. Scene Five: Le Marché
Museum no. RPS.1309-2018

6. Scene Seven: La Conjurés
Museum no. RPS.1311-2018

7. Scene Eight: Sommeil de Fenella
Museum no. RPS.1312-2018

8. Scene Ten: Le Triomphe
Museum no. RPS.1314-2018

9. Scene Eleven: Fête Napolitaine
Museum no. RPS.1315-2018

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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Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Technique

Subjects depicted

Theatre; Opera; Performers

Categories

Photographs; Portraits; The Royal Photographic Society; RPS Digitisation Project

Collection

Royal Photographic Society Collection

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