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Photograph - Onions


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1895-1910 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jones, Charles (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print on gold-toned printing out paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2A, shelf DR109

Charles Jones worked as a gardener at Ote Hall in Wivelsfield, Sussex, among other places. He made photographs of the produce and flowers he grew, but he did not exhibit or publish them. His photographs might easily have been forgotten. But in 1981 the writer, collector and photography dealer Sean Sexton bought a trunk of them at Bermondsey antique market in London. He subsequently promoted the photographer’s reputation internationally.

Jones did not develop his prints chemically, a process that produces black and white prints. Instead, he printed them by sunlight - hence their warm and subtle tonality.

Physical description

Sepia photograph of two onions placed in a basket

Place of Origin

England (photographed)


ca. 1895-1910 (photographed)


Jones, Charles (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print on gold-toned printing out paper


Height: 16.5 cm, Width: 21.5 cm

Descriptive line

20thC; Jones Charles, Onions, c1900

Production Note

Reason For Production: Private




Gelatin silver process

Subjects depicted

Still life; Vegetable




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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