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Artist's studio with lay figure, c1880s.

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (photographed)

  • Date:

    1880s (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print from collodion negative

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 580

Physical description

A staged photograph depicting an artist in his studio. The artist is actually a life-sized lay-figure, dressed in historical costume, which has been seated at a table and is holding brushes and a palette. On and around the desk is a display of small portrait prints an photographs whilst on the wall behind there is a display of religious images and decorative plates.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (photographed)


1880s (photographed)



Materials and Techniques

Albumen print from collodion negative


Height: 26 cm, Width: 21 cm

Descriptive line

Photograph, depicting artist's studio with lay figure, albumen print, Great Britain, ca. 1890s

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Waterfield, Giles (ed.). The Artist's Studio. London: Hogarth Arts ;distribution by Paul Holberton Publishing, 2009. 103pp, illus. ISBN: 9780955406331.
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1993
Maas, Jeremy. The Victorian art world in photographs. London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1984. 224pp., illus. ISBN 0091538408.
Wainwright, Clive. The romantic interior: the British collector at home, 1750-1850. London: Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press, 1989. 314pp, illus. ISBN: 0300042256.

Labels and date

Making It Up: Photographic Fictions (2018)
Marta Weiss

The protagonist in this tableau is a lay figure, a mannequin used by artists in place of a live model. This one has been posed as an artist, holding a palette and brushes, and surrounded by a dense display of photographs, paintings and objets d’art. The photograph may have been made in the studio of the Italian landscape painter Giovanni Costa (1826–1903). []




Albumen process; Collodion

Subjects depicted

Interior; Studios (work spaces); Lay-figure; Desk; Paint brushes; Palette; Portraits; Plates


Photographs; Interiors; Artist's studios


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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