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Photograph - Venetian mirror circa 1700, from the collection of Mr. John Webb
  • Venetian mirror circa 1700, from the collection of Mr. John Webb
    Charles Thurston Thompson, born 1816 - died 1868
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Venetian mirror circa 1700, from the collection of Mr. John Webb

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    London, England (photographed)

  • Date:

    1853 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Charles Thurston Thompson, born 1816 - died 1868 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print from wet collodion-on-glass negative

  • Museum number:

    39:833

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2H, shelf DR7, box PHOTO

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Charles Thurston was the first official photographer employed by the South Kensington Museum. He was appointed in 1856 but photographed at the Museum in 1853. His subject here is a Venetian mirror lent to the Museum for an exhibition of 'Decorative Furniture' at Gore House, South Kensington. Such loan objects were photographed prior to their return to lenders so that photographic copies could be sold to designers, craftsmen and students, and also filed in the Museum's library for study. Thompson inadvertently included himself and his camera, reflected in the mirror. It gives us a vivid glimpse of a photographer at work outdoors - in the garden at Gore House - in the early days of the Museum and the profession of Museum Photography.

Physical description

Sepia photograph mounted on card showing an elaborate Venetian mirror placed against a white backdrop. A camera and photographer are reflected in the mirror with trees beyond

Place of Origin

London, England (photographed)

Date

1853 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Charles Thurston Thompson, born 1816 - died 1868 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print from wet collodion-on-glass negative

Marks and inscriptions

DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND ART / LIBRARY [with a crown]

Dimensions

Height: 22.8 cm, Width: 16.3 cm Image

Descriptive line

Photograph by Charles Thurston Thompson, 'Venetian mirror circa 1700, from the collection of Mr. John Webb', albumen print, 1853

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

Julius Bryant, ed. Art and Design for All. The Victoria and Albert Museum London: V&A Publishing, 2011. ISBN: 9781851776665.

Exhibition History

The Victoria and Albert Museum: Art and Design For All (Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest 14/06/2012-16/09/2012)
The Victoria and Albert Museum: Art and Design For All (Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn 18/11/2011-15/04/2012)

Materials

Photograph

Techniques

Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Mirror; Camera; Thompson, Charles Thurston

Categories

Clothing; Photographs; Tools & Equipment; Hats & headwear; Gardens & Gardening

Production Type

Unlimited edition

Collection code

PDP

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