Attrib. Philip Henry Delamotte Worcester Cathedral & Crypt -1860s albumen prints




Two original 1860s albumen print photographs, Attrib. Philip Henry Delamotte Worcester Cathedral & Crypt.

This striking pair of photographs featuring Worcester cathedral's interior and ancient crypt display the tonal range and clarity of Delamotte’s architectural albumen prints, along with his artistic eye for dramatic composition.

The photographs originate from a Victorian album of Oxford artworks featuring a number of original drawings by Philip’s father, William Alfred Delamotte.

The crypt print is laid down on backing paper. There is an additional partial albumen print pasted on the verso as shown.

Unsigned. The crypt print is inscribed below: 'Worcester Crypt'.
Some age toning. The interior print has a small loss to the paper at the lower left corner.
8.6cm x 8cm.
Unframed.

Philip Henry Delamotte (1821-1889) was a British photographer and illustrator. Son of artist William Alfred Delamotte, he was a founding member of the Calotype Club, and went on to become Professor of Drawing and Fine Art at King's College London.

Delamotte is best known for his photographic images recording the disassembly of the Crystal Palace in 1852, and its reconstruction and expansion at Sydenham. He was one of the first artists to use photography as a way of recording important structures and events – the resulting prints published in several books. He also worked on a number of publications recording architectural sites around Britain, including ‘A photographic tour among the Abbeys of Yorkshire’ in 1856.

Initially working in the calotype process, on the invention of the albumen print - announced by French photographer and publisher Louis-Désiré Blanquard-Évrard in 1850 – Philip Henry Delamotte was one of the earliest British photographers to adopt the new albumen technique. One of its earliest champions, he stated in 1855: ‘Positive proofs taken upon paper coated with a film of albumen attain a brilliancy of effect by a softening of the glaring white of the lights, with a transparency in the shadows, which cannot be arrived at by any other means’.

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Product code: JK-025


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