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Photograph - Group with bathchair in front of Rheola House
  • Group with bathchair in front of Rheola House
    Jones, Calvert Richard Rev., born 1802 - died 1877
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Group with bathchair in front of Rheola House

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Wales (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca.1845 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jones, Calvert Richard Rev., born 1802 - died 1877 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    salted paper print from a calotype negative

  • Museum number:

    PH.81-1983

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 353, box F

Physical description

An ivy clad part of a two-storey country house with bay window and a veranda. There is a group with a bath chair on the lawn in front of the house and a man by the veranda.
Fading to the corners of the photograph

Place of Origin

Wales (photographed)

Date

ca.1845 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Jones, Calvert Richard Rev., born 1802 - died 1877 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

salted paper print from a calotype negative

Dimensions

Height: 18-1 cm, Width: 22.9 cm

Object history note

During the 1830s William Henry Fox Talbot invented a way of making paper negatives and from them multiple paper prints. In doing so, he laid the foundations of modern photography.Calvert Richard Jones learned of these developments in 1839 through a neighbour, who was a cousin of Talbot. Jones made many pictures in the West of England and South Wales, where he lived. He also travelled widely, making photographs on the continent. Jones' work stands out in the early development of photography because he was one of the first to apply a schooled artist's eye to the medium.

The façade of Rheola House is pattern of light and dark dominated by horizontal lines of shadow, motifs which Jones often introduced into his compositions. The horizontal lines in this photograph are created by the eves of the roof and a veranda. A wide mass of ivy on the bay window visually links to the carefully composed foreground group of women with a wheelchair. The vertical lines of the standing figures are reflected by the foliage hung veranda supports and their shadows against the house.

Historical context note

Rheola House is near Neath in South Wales. An estate of 120 acres, it was the home of John Edwards, who took over the property in 1829. He assumed the name of his benefactor, William Vaughan, and became known as John Edwards Vaughan. Papers from the Rheola Estate are held by Neath Antiquarian Society, Mechanics Institute, Church Place, Neath and at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Descriptive line

Figures with a bathchair in front of an ivyclad part of Rheola House

Materials

Salted paper

Techniques

Calotype

Subjects depicted

Bath chair; Man; Veranda; Country house; Women; Ivy

Categories

Disability

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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