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The Two Ways of Life

1857 (photographed)

Oscar Gustav Rejlander (1813-75) 'The Two Ways of Life' 1857; 1872 copy print by Robert Crawshay (1817-79). Albumen print.

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TitleThe Two Ways of Life (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
Brief description
Oscar Gustav Rejlander (1813-75) 'The Two Ways of Life' 1857; 1872 copy print by Robert Crawshay (1817-79). Albumen print.
  • Image area height: 138mm
  • Image area width: 261mm
Gallery label
Oscar Gustaf Rejlander (1813–75) Two Ways of Life 1857; 1872 copy print by Robert Crawshay (1817–79) This is a small-scale copy of an astonishing feat of ‘combination printing’. The original was constructed from over 30 separate negatives, each exposed independently but printed to form a unified picture so large it required two sheets of paper joined together. It showed that a photograph could be composed in the manner of painting. The moralistic subject of two brothers choosing between vice and virtue also indicates the work’s high art aspirations. An original photograph by Robert Crawshay is also on display in this gallery. Albumen print Mitchell Loan(03/05/2013-16/03/2014)
Credit line
Purchase funded by the Cecil Beaton Fund
Object history
This photograph was collected by 19th century photographer, William England, and by descent to Mark Mitchell. It was on long loan to the V&A from 1982 to 2013.
This is an 1872 copy print by Robert Crawshay (1817-79)
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Record createdDecember 2, 2013
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