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Exhibitions and records of works of art

Prince Albert recognised the importance of photography to record and document notable exhibitions and works of art


'Trial of a Witch'; The Witch's Trial


Albumen print | 18.5 x 29.6 cm (image) | RCIN 2081466

Photograph of the painting 'An Old Woman Accused of Witchcraft', or 'The Witch's Trial', by William Powell Frith. The painting depicts the trial of an elderly woman within a domestic interior. At the centre of the painting is the accused elderly woman. Beside her, a woman points to her. Behind the elderly woman, a woman holds up a cat. On the far right side of the painting, two men are seated at a table. There are a large number of people within the scene.
  • Creator(s)

    Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67) (photographer)

    After William Powell Frith (1819-1909) (artist)

  • 18.5 x 29.6 cm (image)

    54.5 x 35.8 cm (page dimensions)

  • Presented to Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Social sciences
      • Ethnology
        • Folklore
          • The Supernatural
            • Witches
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Art
        • Paintings
          • Paintings-English school
    Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs