Pedlar Showing Gingham Cloth to a Group of Countrywomen and Children
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Pedlar Showing Gingham Cloth to a Group of Countrywomen and Children about 1852
  • Scottish Art
This work is evidently amateur photography. The negative plate has been badly coated and is blotched and smeared around the edges. The group of women is fairly static if a little self-conscious. The children on the bank above have moved during the exposure. However, Johnstone has used the subtle light from the side to capture the detail in the women's faces. Furthermore, through the repetition of the gingham patterns, the new cloth and the dresses, he has created a unified group.

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Exposure

The length of time a photosensitive surface is exposed to light. The term ‘multiple exposure’ is used to describe the act of recording more than one image on a single sheet or frame of film.

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.

Exposure, Negative

Details

  • Acc. No. PGP 36.1
  • Medium Albumen print
  • Size 11.70 x 16.60 cm
  • Credit Provenance unknown