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[Sleeping Cat]

Artist:
Calvert Richard Jones (British, Swansea, Wales 1802–1877 Bath, England)
Date:
1850–55
Medium:
Salted paper print from glass negative
Dimensions:
8.1 x 10.2 cm (3 3/16 x 4 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.4
Not on view
Many of Jones's pictures were made with commercial distribution in mind; the photographer hoped to contribute images to Talbot's "Pencil of Nature" and to the stock of prints for sale at Henneman's Reading establishment. In this picture, however, we see the opposite aspect of Jones's production, the work of an amateur delighting in the camera's ability to capture the intimate aspects of domestic life and to translate them into novel pictorial terms.
Inscription: No inscriptions or annotations.
(sold, Sotheby's, May 10, 1990, lot 172); Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," May 25, 1993–July 4, 1993.

Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland. "The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," August 7, 1993–October 2, 1993.

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," June 19, 1994–September 11, 1994.

Hambourg, Maria Morris, Pierre Apraxine, Malcolm Daniel, Virginia Heckert, and Jeff L. Rosenheim. The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. p. 269.



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