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A Dame's School

A Dame's School

Photographer: Emerson, Peter Henry (1856 - 1936)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1887

Shelfmark: 1760.e.4

Item number: 2

Length: 17.8

Width: 28.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

In the book ‘Pictures From Life In Field And Fen,’ photographer Peter Henry Emerson observes and records scenes of country life in East Anglia, England, including Norfolk, Suffolk, and part of Cambridgeshire. This picture features a school conducted in a fisherman’s cobbled yard.

In a six page introduction on art history and aesthetics Emerson argues against commercialism and “a prejudice among the unthinking public against photography, chiefly because it has been called a mechanical process.” He dedicates his work to the memory of French inventor Niepce. "We have adopted a reproductive process for publishing these plates. This process automatic etching on copper, as first discovered by Niepce."

Text by Peter Henry Emerson from the illustrated book 'Pictures From Life In Field And Fen'

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