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Nubian water carrier with urn supported on her head
Albumen print, mounted on off-white card
36.4 x 26.8 cm (image) 41.1 x 32.5 cm (mount)
Dominic Winter Book Auctions
Auction Sale: June 17, 2010 - Lot: 685E, revised catalog entry
Neat italic pencil number beneath 'O[riental?] No 21'.
Part of Roger Fenton's Oriental suite of studies made in his London studio in the summer of 1858. Of the fifty-one negatives in the series of which there are extant prints only a small number were exhibited by Fenton in Edinburgh, London and Paris. All the photographs are rare and many of the surviving prints have come from the albums thought to have been Fenton's own, known as the 'grey paper' albums (sold by Christie's between 1978 and 1982). For more information see Gordon Baldwin, Roger Fenton: Pasha and Bayadere, (Getty Museum, 1996).