A Suffolk Dike
Photographer: Emerson, Peter Henry (1856 - 1936)
Medium: Photographic print
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, which includes Norfolk, Suffolk, and part of Cambridgeshire. In 1884 he moved to Southwold in Suffolk and influenced by contemporary painters (notably Bastien-Lepage and Millet) he represented country figures acting characteristically. ‘A Suffolk Dike’ depicts a young boy fishing on one of the many networks of waterways, dykes and marshes that characterise the Broads. In the preface to the book dated “Bedford Park, February, 1887,” Emerson writes on art history and aesthetics suggesting that the first principle of all art is “a faithful adherence to NATURE.” He dedicates the book to the memory of French inventor Niepce. "We have adopted a reproductive process for publishing these plates. This process is...an 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'