Don Quixote in His Study

William Frederick Lake Price British
Printer J. Spencer

Not on view

This carefully staged tableau was among the most widely admired Victorian photographs. Price self-consciously sought to elevate the still-new medium to the level of "high art" by emulating the ambitious literary subjects, expressive gestures, and period details of grand history painting. Although this approach was largely overshadowed in subsequent years by one that championed qualities unique to photographic vision, theatrical staging has found renewed relevance in the work of many contemporary artists.

Don Quixote in His Study, William Frederick Lake Price (British, London 1810–1896 Lee, Kent), Albumen silver print from glass negative

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