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Photograph - Solar Effect--Ocean
  • Solar Effect--Ocean
    Le Gray, Gustave, born 1820 - died 1884
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Solar Effect--Ocean

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1857 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Le Gray, Gustave, born 1820 - died 1884 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print from collodion-on-glass negative

  • Credit Line:

    Townshend Bequest

  • Museum number:

    67998

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2A, shelf DR85, box LOANS

To a 19th-century audience, a passing gleam of light reflected in the water, as captured by the photographer here, might well have a biblical association. For example, in 1857, after seeing one of Gustave Le Gray's sea views, a critic for the Journal of the Photographic Society wrote that 'From the midst of this "pother" of dimness falls a gush of liquid light, full and flush on the sea, where it leaves a glow of glory . . . It is as when Jacob's ladder of angels was just withdrawn, and the radiance above and below, where it rested on earth and sky, had not yet melted out.'

Physical description

Seascape by Gustave Le Gray (French, 1820-1882); albumen print;

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1857 (made)

Artist/maker

Le Gray, Gustave, born 1820 - died 1884 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print from collodion-on-glass negative

Dimensions

Height: 325 mm image, Width: 414 mm image, Height: 352 mm sheet, Width: 459 mm sheet

Descriptive line

Seascape by Gustave Le Gray (French, 1820-1882); albumen print; France; ca.1856.

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

Christine Riding and Richard Johns. Turner & the sea ISBN: 9780500239056
p. 263

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Subjects depicted

Seascape

Categories

Photographs; Images Online

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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