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Photograph - A girl and her mother at home, Boksburg.
  • A girl and her mother at home, Boksburg.
    Goldblatt, David, born 1930 - died 2018
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A girl and her mother at home, Boksburg.

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    South Africa (photographed)

  • Date:

    1980 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Goldblatt, David, born 1930 - died 2018 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    gelatin silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of David Goldblatt, 1987

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 935, box G

Physical description

A black and white photograph of a light flooded living room, its large windows covered with semi-transparent curtains. The carpet sports a flamboyant floral design. A girl who turns her back to the beholder is sitting at a piano in the left half of the picture. A poodle in a chair and a bird in a cage sit on the sides of the piano. On the far right side of the picture a woman, presumably the girl's mother, rests on a couch, a puppy on her lap.

Place of Origin

South Africa (photographed)


1980 (photographed)


Goldblatt, David, born 1930 - died 2018 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

gelatin silver print

Marks and inscriptions

Copyright by David Goldblatt Box 1464, Johannesburg, South Africa
artist's studio and copyright wetstamp, centre verso

titled, dated 1980, signed
pencil verso

various annotations
pencil verso


Height: 27 cm image, Width: 26.8 cm image, Height: 30.6 cm sheet, Width: 30.3 cm sheet

Descriptive line

'A girl and her mother at home, Boksburg', gelatin silver print by David Goldblatt, 1980.

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

Goldblatt, David. In Boksburg. New York: Errata Editions, 2010. Illustrated plate 15.
Goldblatt, David. In Boksburg. Cape Town: The Gallery Press, 1982. Illustrated plate 20.

Production Note

This is the title used in the book 'In Boksburg'. Title on verso reads 'Mother and daughter at home'.


Photographic paper


Gelatin silver process

Subjects depicted

Pianos; Apartheid; Living rooms; Families


Africa; Photographs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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