Erika Lederman

Title: Factory Project Coordinator
Department: Word and Image

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French Postcards: History Revealed

E.J. Dingwall @ Eric Dingwall Archive MS912 Senate House Library, The University of London

In April 1982, a typewritten letter from E.J. Dingwall (1891?-1986) of St. Leonards-on-Sea addressed to the ‘The Keeper’ of the ‘Photographic & Postcard Dept.’ was forwarded to the Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum.  Dingwall was following up on his 1977 correspondence with Peter Castle, Keeper of the Library at the Museum, concerning […]

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K.A.C. Creswell’s Middle East Views at the V&A


Keppel Archibald Cameron (Professor Sir) Creswell (1879-1974), The views from this acquisition were most probably produced by Creswell himself.  Archive records make reference to the photographs having been taken to a 'consistent plan of illustrating Mahommedan[sic] architecture chronologically'.  While Creswell also collected views made by other photographers working in the region, the timing of the offer, the wording in much of the correspondence, and Creswell's insistence on controlling the copyright, suggests that these views were taken by Creswell himself.
Egypt; Cairo
Archival papers relating to this acquistion suggest that these views were taken by Professor Creswell during time spent documenting Islamic architecture in the Middle East starting in 1919.  They were first offered to the Art Library at the V&A in September 1920 and despatched by Creswell in batches, with the order completed 13 April 1921. 1919 to 1921
Black and white photograph

As part of a long term and ongoing project to digitize the whole of the V&A’s collection, a large archive of Middle East topographical photographs dating from the mid-19th century to early-20th century is being analysed and systematically catalogued. These views first came into the collection through the National Art Library (NAL) which began acquiring […]

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International Women’s Day – Historic Women at the V&A

ISABEL A. COWPER – First Female Official Photographer of the First Museum Photographic Service?

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