Salted paper print from glass negative with applied color
Image: 54.8 x 40.7 cm (21 9/16 x 16 in.)
Frame: 78.7 x 57.7 cm (31 x 22 11/16 in.)
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Not on view
A skilled etcher and lithographer, Williamson gained recognition for his expertly hand-colored photographs of decorative objects, particularly those housed in the vast collections of London’s South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria and Albert Museum). This eighteenth-century French porcelain and gilt-bronze clock was rumored to have belonged to Marie Antoinette.
The Victoria and Albert Museum acquired this object in 1961. Per the V& A email: "the acquisition register is a complete illegible scrawl." [See copy of email]
purchased by V&A from F. X. Zettler, Munich in 1877