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Photograph - Dealer in Fancy-Ware
  • Dealer in Fancy-Ware
    Thomson, John, born 1837 - died 1921
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Dealer in Fancy-Ware

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1878 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thomson, John, born 1837 - died 1921 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carbon print (Woodburytype)

  • Museum number:

    PH.326-1982

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 1001, box A

John Thomson (1837-1921) made this photograph of a dealer in 'fancy ware' (ceramics and bric-a-brac) for his publication Street Life in London (1878). The people in the pictures were arranged or posed by Thomson to form interesting compositions. However, the results were often naturalistic because the subjects and surroundings were always authentic. Thomson used the 'Woodburytype' process patented in 1864 for the images in the book, including this photograph. This was a type of photomechanical reproduction using pigmented gelatin, usually of a rich purple-brown colour. The process was complicated but remained popular until about 1900 because of the high quality and permanence of the finished images.

Physical description

Photograph of two men behind a table with items for sale, women and children in front

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1878 (made)

Artist/maker

Thomson, John, born 1837 - died 1921 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Carbon print (Woodburytype)

Dimensions

Height: 9.2 cm, Width: 11.8 cm

Descriptive line

19thC; Thomson John, Dealer, Street Life in London

Techniques

Woodburytype

Categories

Photographs; Scotland

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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