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Thomas Rodger Senior and an Unknown Violinist
© George Rodger/Magnum Photos

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Thomas Rodger Senior and an Unknown Violinist About 1855

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Thomas Rodger senior, the figure on the left, was a house painter by trade. He nevertheless wholeheartedly supported his son in his photographic work. Father and son lived in Fife and were very close. The antics in this picture may have been inspired by David Wilkie's painting, 'The Blind Fiddler' (1806), where a boy pretends he is a fiddler with bellows and a poker. Legend has it that the violinist in this albumen print was Paganini himself, but the latter had died ten years earlier.

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Albumen print

A print with the chemicals carried in a film of egg white to give a clear, detailed image.

Albumen print


  • Acc. No. PGP 111.67
  • Medium Albumen print
  • Size 17.40 x 14.30 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1988