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Photograph - Horace D. Fellowes

Horace D. Fellowes

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Bath (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1880 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    E & J Baldwin (photographers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin silver print

  • Museum number:

    E.9:9-2009

  • Gallery location:

    Photography Centre, Room 100, The Bern and Ronny Schwartz Gallery, case CA2

This album contains thirteen photographs of silhouettes depicting various members of the Fellowes family. Each photograph has been mounted on card, annotated with the name of the sitter at the bottom and then inserted into the album.

Around 1880, a photographic portrait studio by the name of E. & J. Baldwin was commissioned to photograph a series of silhouettes, or 'shadow profiles', made earlier in the century. This represents an intersection of two methods of recording one's likeness, practiced almost one hundred years apart. It is interesting to consider that this family had its collection of silhouettes photographed, possibly for posterity, and fashioned a beautiful album in which to display them.

Physical description

Photograph of a silhouette, or 'shadow profile', made earlier in the 19th century. Photograph mounted on card and inserted into album.

Place of Origin

Bath (made)

Date

ca. 1880 (photographed)

Artist/maker

E & J Baldwin (photographers)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print

Marks and inscriptions

'E & J Baldwin, Charles Street, Bath'
Inscription on the base of the card, each card annotated with name of sitter

Dimensions

Height: 162 mm card size, Width: 106 mm card size

Descriptive line

Photograph of a silhouette, gelatin silver print, 'Horace D. Fellowes', from E. & J. Baldwin album, Bath, ca. 1880.

Labels and date

Photography Centre, 2018-20:

E. & J. Baldwin Photographic Portrait Studio (active 1880s)
Silhouettes from the album Hurstbourne in the Forties
Silhouettes 1840s; photographs about 1880

This album is inscribed: ‘The originals of these (life size) were done by outlining the shadows on a wall and then filled in with black’. These photographs reduce the scale of the original painted silhouettes and conveniently gather them together in a kind of family album. Both silhouettes and photography shared the desire to capture the likeness of an individual through light and shade.

Albumen prints
Museum nos. E.9:2 & 3-2009 []
Cameraless Photography

E. & J. Baldwin Photographic Portrait Studio (fl.1880s)
Silhouettes from album Hurstbourne in the Forties
Silhouettes 1840s; photographs c.1880
Albumen prints
20.5 x 16.5 cm each
Museum nos. E.9, 2, 3, 9, 14-2009

These photographs were collected in an album inscribed: ‘The originals of these (life size) were done by outlining the shadows on a wall and then filled in with black – they were in my possession.’ Probably owned by a member of the Fellowes family, the photographs record the proto-photographic silhouettes and represent an intersection of two closely related methods of portraiture. []

Techniques

Photography

Subjects depicted

Man's head; Album; Silhouette

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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