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Photograph - Still life

Still life

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kellog, A. Leonora (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Platinum print

  • Museum number:

    PH.354-1980

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 956, box B

A. Leonora Kellog was an American amateur photographer who specialised in rural scenes and still lifes. Here she shows a grouping of rabbits and birds that makes interesting textures and patterns of fur and feathers. She favoured the platinum printing process, which was invented in 1873 by William Willis (1841-1923). Platinum prints are prized for their subtle tonal variations, matt surface and the permanence of the image. Just before the First World War (1914-1918), it was discovered that platinum was an excellent catalyst for making explosives. As a result, the British Government banned the use of the metal for photography. Thereafter the price of platinum rose so steeply as to make platinum printing prohibitively expensive.

Physical description

Photograph of a stil life of birds

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

ca. 1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Kellog, A. Leonora (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Platinum print

Dimensions

Height: 17.8 cm, Width: 12.8 cm

Descriptive line

20thC; Kellog, Still Life, c1900

Techniques

Platinotype

Subjects depicted

Rabbits; Still life; Hunting; Birds

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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