The Citadel of Namur, from a Bridge over the Sambre
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The Citadel of Namur, from a Bridge over the Sambre 1847
  • Scottish Art
This is the negative of a picture that John Muir Wood took in a place he did not find particularly appealing. It is one of his 'failed' negatives which wouldn't have translated into a very good black and white print. Wood's interest in different chemistry and metals, as well as the natural difficulty of the process led to such 'failures' which nevertheless retain the accidental beauty of his compositions.

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Composition

The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Negative

Specifically a transparent material on which the tones and colours of a photograph are in reverse, from which a print is made. The term 'negative space' refers to the area around an object.

Composition, Negative

Details

  • Acc. No. PGP W 76
  • Medium Calotype negative and uranium or cuprotype print
  • Size 12.20 x 15.10 cm
  • Credit Presented by the Muir Wood family 1985