Campden Hill, London

Accession Number

Campden Hill, London

Bill Brandt

Artist Nationality
British (modern)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

13 1/4 in x 11 5/16 in (33.66 cm x 28.73 cm);22 1/8 in x 18 1/8 in (56.2 cm x 46.04 cm);19 15/16 in x 15 7/8 in (50.64 cm x 40.32 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Two Friends of the Museum

Subject matter
This image is part of a body of work in which Brandt explored nudes. Brandt is perhaps most known for these series, published in Perspective of Nudes (1961) and Bill Brandt: Nudes 1945-1980 (1980). In these publications, he collected and carefully arranged images from previous decades in which he photographed abstracted nudes from unexpected angles, elongating and distorting parts of the female form. Brandt did his own cropping, printing, and retouching, further altering and dramatizing the unique perspectives. For these series, he used both a conventional camera and a wide-angle fixed-focus Kodak.

Physical Description
This high-contrast photograph of a nude woman reclining on a bed is taken from a low angle. Her legs appear larger than her torso, which extends into the background. A painting and ornate screen room divider are visible in the interior space behind her.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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beds (furniture)
folding screen
modern and contemporary art
nudes (representations)
paintings (visual works)
screens (furniture)
women (female humans)

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