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The Vesper Bell

  • Object:


  • Date:

    1935 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Keighley, Alexander, born 1861 - died 1947 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carbon print.

  • 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:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case XRP, shelf 1268

Physical description

Monochrome photograph mounted on card depicting a figure ringing one of two bells on top of a raised platform attached to a church. Another figure is sat at the bottom of the stairs that lead up to the platform, with the doorway entrance to the church open on the right of the image.


1935 (photographed)


Keighley, Alexander, born 1861 - died 1947 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Carbon print.

Marks and inscriptions

'Royal Photographic Society/ Alexander Keighley Collection 1948/ Title: The Vesper Bell/ Process: Carbon/ Date: 1935/ No. AK 101'
Printed and completed in ink.

'Alex Keighley'
Handwritten in ink on lower left of image.


Height: 487 mm mount, Width: 607 mm mount

Descriptive line

Photograph by Alexander Keighley, 'The Vesper Bell', carbon print, 1935


Carbon process; Photography


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


Royal Photographic Society Collection

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