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Western Blot No.18

  • Object:

    Mixed Media

  • Place of origin:

    United States of America (made)

  • Date:

    1993 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Farber, Robert D., born 1948 - died 1996 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photo emulsion and oil on wood panels

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 503, case LP, shelf 18

Physical description

A mixed media work comprising of 5 wood panels and signed on the back in black oil paint with the title 'Western Blot No.18'.

Place of Origin

United States of America (made)


1993 (made)


Farber, Robert D., born 1948 - died 1996 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Photo emulsion and oil on wood panels

Marks and inscriptions

Signed and dated on the back in black oil paint
Lettered on the back in marker pen 'injection' and '8 x 8'
Lettered on the back in felt-tip pen 'vaccine injection # 7', '1 coat' and 'TOP'
Lettered on labels on the back 'oil-based prime CKiLZ' and 'VACCINE 4 VIAL' and 'OIL-BASED PRIME (KILZ) on wood'


Height: 20.3 cm overall size, Width: 86.6 cm overall size

Object history note

Western Blot is the name given to the test which identifies HIV antibodies in the blood. Robert D Farber took part in a trial for an AIDS vaccination called Vaxsyn and was photographed being vaccinated for the brochure. His condition for allowing the drug company to use the photograph was that he received a copy and permission to use the image in his own work.

Descriptive line

Mixed media painting by Robert D Farber, 'Western Blot No.18', photo emulsion and oil on wood panel, USA, 1993

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1996


Wood; Oil; Colloid



Subjects depicted

Drugs; Surgical instruments; Aids; HIV; PWA


Paintings; Photographs; Health; Science


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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