Denied! An export ban may keep a 150-year-old photo in the UK

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2015-06-26 11:54:06

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Denied! An export ban may keep a 150-year-old photo in the UK

The race is on to keep a 108.5k photograph by Roger Fenton, famous for his Crimean War images

An application to take a photograph out of the United Kingdom has been denied in a rare move by Culture Secretary Margaret Hodge.

The item in question is not a snap taken by a tourist on holiday, but a Roger Fenton work taken in 1858 as part of a series of 50 Orientalist photos, inspired by his expedition to the Crimea.

Fenton is most famous as a war photographer, documenting the Crimean War.

Roger Fenton photograph Pasha and BayadereRoger Fenton photograph Pasha and Bayadere

This piece, entitled Pasha and Bayadre, shows a Turkish official watching a dancing girl (or bayadre). It is one of only two copies know to exist, the other being held in the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Now valued at 108,506, the work has been deemed too valuable to leave the country, though the export is initially only deferred until May 1. This could be extended to August 1 if credible intention of an intention to buy is shown by an institution.

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