The Johnstone Album represents the appropriation by the commercial printing press of an activity that was originally aristocratic and handmade. Here the grids are commercially printed and the collage maker need only paste within the shapes, offering the opportunity for those with less leisure time to create similar family albums.
Frances Elizabeth, Viscountess Jocelyn
"Diamond Shape with Nine Studio Portraits of the Palmerston Family and a Painted Cherry Blossom Surround"
PHOTO: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art