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  • Place of origin:

    Liegnitz (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1855 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Belitski, Ludwig, born 1830 - died 1902 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Salted paper print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by The Prince Consort

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 285, box F

The Prussian baron Alexander von Minutoli (1806-87) often sent his model collection to schools of the applied arts. The objects, however, suffered from this treatment. Thus he commissioned photographic reproductions to circulate instead. The first trial with Daguerreotypes failed, because these were relatively fragile and also suffered from frequent moving. (Daguerrotype was the first commercially available form of photography, introduced in 1839. Each photograph was a one-off, appearing on a silvered copper plate.) In 1853 Minutoli engaged Ludwig Belitski to make a photographic reproduction on paper. Belitski was a photographer from Liegnitz in Silesia (now Legnica, Poland). He earned international fame from Minutoli’s large commission (seven folio-sized volumes with 663 plates) and won awards in Brussels and Amsterdam in 1855 and 1856. The Venetian glass here was photographed in bright sunlight.

Physical description

Salted paper print depicting fifteen 15th and 16th Century Venetian-style vases and glasses displayed on three shelves.

Place of Origin

Liegnitz (photographed)


ca. 1855 (photographed)


Belitski, Ludwig, born 1830 - died 1902 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Salted paper print

Marks and inscriptions

Vases, etc, glass. Italian (Venetian), XV & XVI centuries / Institut Minutoli, Liegnitz.
Inscrined bottom left.


Height: 228 mm, Width: 182 mm image, Height: 331 mm card, Width: 267 mm card

Historical context note

In 1855 Prince Albert donated Models for Craftsmen,photographed by Ludwig Belitski, published by the Minutolische Institut, Liegnits, Silesia

Descriptive line

Photograph of 15th and 16th Century Venetian vases and glasses by Ludwig Belitski, a salted paper print, made in Germany ca.1855.

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

Julius Bryant, ed. Art and Design for All. The Victoria and Albert Museum London: V&A Publishing, 2011. ISBN: 9781851776665.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail


Salted paper



Subjects depicted

Vases; Bottles; Glass; Glasses; Collections


Images Online; Food vessels & Tableware; Glass; Household objects; Photographs; Vases

Production Type

Unlimited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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