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Photograph - The Imperial Yacht, La Reine Hortense, Le Havre
  • The Imperial Yacht, La Reine Hortense, Le Havre
    Le Gray, Gustave, born 1820 - died 1884
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The Imperial Yacht, La Reine Hortense, Le Havre

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Le Havre (made)

  • Date:

    1856–57 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold-toned albumen print from a wet collodion negative

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Chauncey Hare Townshend

  • Museum number:

    68006

  • Gallery location:

    Photography Centre, Room 100, The Bern and Ronny Schwartz Gallery, case EAST WALL, shelf TOWNSHEND

Physical description

Gold-toned albumen print from a wet collodion negative of the imperial yacht 'La Reine Hortense', docked at Le Havre in the north of France. The harbour front is visible behind the ship, with a small number of people and a row of shops. Sailors are visible aboard the yacht and the water refects the masts of the vessel in the foreground.

Place of Origin

Le Havre (made)

Date

1856–57 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Gold-toned albumen print from a wet collodion negative

Dimensions

Height: 32.3 cm, Width: 41.5 cm

Descriptive line

Photograph by Gustave Le Gray, photograph of the imperial yacht 'La Reine Hortense' at Le Havre. French, 1856. Part of the Chauncey Hare Townshend bequest.

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

Coe, Brian & Haworth-Booth, Mark. A Guide to Early Photographic Printing Processes. London: The Victoria and Albert Museum in association with Hurtwood Press, 1983.

Labels and date

Photography Centre 2018-20:

Collection in Focus: Chauncy Hare Townshend (1798–1868)

Chauncy Hare Townshend was one of the few serious collectors of photography in the early years of its development. Apart from Prince Albert, he remains the only identifiable British private collector of early photographs on such a scale. He was an extremely wealthy art collector and connoisseur who moved in the highest social and literary circles – Charles Dickens even dedicated Great Expectations to him. Townshend bequeathed his large art collection, including paintings, furniture, gemstones, books and coins, as well as his photographs, to the South Kensington Museum (now the V&A) in 1868. His impressive photography collection ranged from images of political, military and contemporary events to a particularly striking group of French fine art photographs. Practising photographers tended to collect photographs, exchanging works as examples of style and process. But Townshend, who was not a photographer, recognised both photography’s documentary value, and even more so, its exciting new artistic capabilities.

11. Gustave Le Gray (1820–84)
The Imperial Yacht, La Reine Hortense, Le Havre
1856–57
Albumen print
Museum no. 68006 []

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Wet collodion; Albumen

Subjects depicted

Harbour; Yacht; Ship

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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