Don Quixote in His Study

William Frederick Lake Price (British, London 1810–1896 Lee, Kent)

J. Spencer
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Image: 31.9 x 28 cm (12 9/16 x 11 in.) Mount: 42.6 x 33.3 cm (16 3/4 x 13 1/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of A. Hyatt Mayor, 1969
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  • Description

    This carefully staged tableau was among the most widely admired Victorian photographs. Price self-consciously sought to elevate the still-new medium to the level of "high art" by emulating the ambitious literary subjects, expressive gestures, and period details of grand history painting. Although this approach was largely overshadowed in subsequent years by one that championed qualities unique to photographic vision, theatrical staging has found renewed relevance in the work of many contemporary artists.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Printed on mount, recto BC: "Composed & Photographed from Nature by Lake Price. // Don Quixote in his Study // Nay to such a pass did his curiosity and madness // in this particular drive him, that he sold many good Acres of // Terra Firma, to purchase books of Kinght-errantry. // Sa curiosite et son extravagance arriverent a ce // point quil vendit plusieurs arpents de bonnes terres // able pour acheter des livres de chivalerie a lire // LONDON PUBLISHED MAY 1ST 1857 BY NEGRETTI & ZAMBRA NO 59 CORNHILL & 11, HATTON GARDEN // Printed by J. Spencer"

  • Provenance

    A. Hyatt Mayor