Exhibitions/ Art Object


J. I. Williamson (British)
ca. 1882
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.)
Credit Line:
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]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," February 17, 2013–May 5, 2013.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.

Fineman, Mia. Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 41, pp. 66, 217.

purchased by V&A from F. X. Zettler, Munich in 1877