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Photograph

Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Poland (at the time this photograph was taken this area of Poland was probably part of the Russian Empire, photographed)

  • Date:

    early 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Peacock, Netta (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Museum number:

    E.2437-1990

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

A black and white photograph depicting a portrait of a professional Polish beggar reading a passage from scripture.

Place of Origin

Poland (at the time this photograph was taken this area of Poland was probably part of the Russian Empire, photographed)

Date

early 19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Peacock, Netta (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print

Dimensions

Height: 12.5 cm, Width: 10 cm

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 portrait of a professional Polish beggar reading a passage from scripture, gelatin-silver print, Poland, ca. 1902-1910

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

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

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Gelatin silver

Subjects depicted

Beggar

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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