James Mudd

South Eastern of Portugal Railway

1863
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James Mudd was hired by the Beyer, Peacock Locomotive Works in Manchester to photograph the Dona Maria Pia engine for what may well be one of the first known advertising photographs. The intention was to impress viewers with cutting-edge technology, both in locomotive engineering and photographic processes. Although Mudd likely photographed the locomotive in the factory yard, he created a studio look by varnishing over the background on the negative. The glass negative and albumen silver print record the metallic sheen and detail of machinery with a precision and clarity that is fitting to the subject and seductive to the eye.
Artist
Title
South Eastern of Portugal Railway
Date
1863
Medium
Photograph
Materials
albumen silver print
Dimensions
24.7 x 37.4 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Purchased 1984
Accession number
28639