The Guard Book Project – Snapshot of More Reflections


Collections Management
September 28, 2017

This is the first of some small snapshots of items of interest that the Guard Books of black & white negatives are finding..

Remember these…. in a previous blog I mentioned the reflections both intentional & unintentional…

Mirror in a carved wood frame, English; 1730, from Cumberland House.
Mirror in a carved wood frame, English; 1730, from Cumberland House.

Early photographs of mirrors in the 1850s,

 

Mirror with carved & gilt frame, Venetian; by Charles Thurston Thompson (1816 – 68), Albumen Print; from the album, Furniture Exhibited at Gore House, Vol.2 by John Webb, 1853.
Accession number 32639.

Mirror with carved & gilt frame, Venetian; by Charles Thurston Thompson (1816 - 68), Albumen Print; from the album, Furniture Exhibited at Gore House, Vol.2 by John Webb, 1853.

It seems lessons were not heeded, or it may have been deliberate as numerous examples have been popping up of the same style or application.

Mirror frame – Electrotype copy from the original silver frame at Windsor Castle – REPRO.1868-98. Negative 59787, 1927.
Mirroe
Mirror – Gilt frame, English; c.1740. Owned by The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, 1926. Negative 57310, 1926.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mirror - Gilt frame by Chippendale, English; c.1760. Owned by The Worshipful Company of Carpenters, 1926. Negative 57393.
Mirror – Gilt frame by Chippendale, English; c.1760. Owned by The Worshipful Company of Carpenters, 1926. Negative 57393.

But sometimes you get the feeling it might be deliberate, especially a this mirror photographed in 1927.

Circular mirror, carved & gilt wood, English; c.1810. W.85-1926, photographed in 1927. Negative 58047.
Circular mirror, carved & gilt wood, English; c.1810. W.85-1926, photographed in 1927. Negative 58047.

…. photographed again in 2001

Circular mirror, carved & gilt wood, English; c.1810. W.85-1926, photographed in 2001. CT74603

It seems old habits die hard…..

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September 28, 2017

VADAR & Image Archive administrator, started work here in 1983 under a different name of Steve Williams, and a smaller waistline, as a Conservation & Education department Photographer, Left in...

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