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Previous Attribution

Previous Attribution

I've just been through the process of changing an attribution on a catalogue record for one of our art works and it occurred to me that surely there should be a better way of doing this. At present if we reattribute an art work to a different artist, the new artist takes the primary spot for the attached creators and I then have to create a duplicate party record for the replaced artist which has in its name suffix field (formerly attributed to) and add this creator as well as removing the original artist party record.

How are other galleries/museums managing this?

I don't want to keep the previous attribution's original party record attached and use the catalogue record's role field and it affects searches for that artist. I just feel there must be something that can be added to EMu or some other method that would mean I didn't need to setup duplicate records for all former attributions.

John Peel
Manchester Art Gallery
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Edited by: John Peel - 29-Apr-14 21:23:25

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Re: Previous Attribution

Hi John,

I can't get your attached jpg file to display clearly, but I thought you might be able to do some record updating using the Import Tool to update text fields.  You might want to talk to your local support office about this possibility if it appeals to you.

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Hi Deb,
It isn't that I'm trying to update records that is the problem. It is the issue of when an artwork has its attribution changed so that the old attribution becomes "formerly attributed to". I was making the comment that EMu could do with some form of attribution options. I currently create multiple records for artists using the suffix field to denote the "formerly attributed to" status.

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Hi John,
I can't quite see the jpg example that you uploaded, but I thought I'd show you how we deal with something similar. In our Catalogue module, we have a grid for Artists, and within that grid we have a Comments field.  When we need to add a caveat to the Artist attribution, we put it there.  So in the attached example, we noted that the Bowl was attributed to that person on a particular date.  That way, we aren't proliferating terms like "Probably" or "Attributed to" within the actual Parties module.  We just have one Party record for "Charles Edenshaw."

Now of course, if you use reverse attachments a lot, you will not be able to tell from the Parties module that this particular attachment is an "Attributed" one. But this works if you are mainly concerned about people seeing it from the Catalogue.

You could try something like this for "formerly attributed to." If you do not have a comments field, it should be minimal cost for such a customization.

Kara


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Not sure why my original image is so small, think my 2 screen screenshot caused that.

Anyway I've attached another screenshot.

My issue was I didn't want to taint the original artist's party record with any mention of previous attribution as that affects all the other records it is attached to. I have to create a duplicate part record to record this.
1. John Constable - attached to all work he painted
2. John Constable (formerly attributed to) - attached to all paintings he was thought to paint but have since been attributed to another artist.

I've thought about this issue since and as it doesn't overly interfere with results etc it isn't worth pursuing.
https://emu.kesoftware.com/images/agorapro/attachments/1572/1453131493_formely-attributed-to.jpg

https://emu.kesoftware.com/images/agorapro/attachments/1572/formely-attributed-to.jpg

Edited by: John Peel - 19-Jan-16 02:53:08

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Re: Previous Attribution

John,
I see from your screenshot that you do not have a Comment field. That's how we deal with it. You can see from my screenshot that the Comment field is only in the Catalogue record. We only have one artist record for each artist, and then the Comment field allows me to make notes within the Catalogue record about that artist, whether it be "Formerly attributed to," "Probably," etc. No need to create multiple records for the same artist.
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Kara

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