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View across the River Neva looking towards the Peter and Paul fortress

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    St. Petersburg (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1902-1910 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Peacock, Netta (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 695

Physical description

A black and white photograph depicting a view looking across the River Neva towards the Peter and Paul fortress. Upon the river is a steam boat.

Place of Origin

St. Petersburg (photographed)


ca. 1902-1910 (made)


Peacock, Netta (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 85 mm photograph, Width: 113 mm photograph

Historical context note

Netta Peacock's photographs form a remarkable record of pre-revolutionary Russia, documenting both its peasant villages and elegant cosmopolitan cities. She was obviously concerned to capture a cross-section of the Russian population by representing as many different social and architectural types as possible. Little is known about the photographer herself; but it is likely that she was a highly educated daughter of a consul-general in Odessa, able to pursue photography as a hobby. She also wrote about Russian peasant crafts and artwork and published several books about Western painters.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Netta Peacock, depicting a view across the River Neva looking towards the Peter and Paul fortress, gelatin-silver print, St. Petersburg, ca. 1902-1910

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1990


Photographic paper


Gelatin silver

Subjects depicted

Steamer; River; Fortress


Photographs; Boats and ships; Transport

Production Type

Mass produced


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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