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An Autumn Pastoral

An Autumn Pastoral

Photographer: Emerson, Peter Henry (1856 - 1936)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1887

Shelfmark: 1760.e.4

Item number: 17

Length: 17.8

Width: 28.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

One of two scene-setting views which display a random formation of sheep grazing in photographer Peter Henry Emerson’s book ‘Pictures From Life In Field And Fen.’ In 1884 Emerson moved to Southwold on the coast of Suffolk and became concerned with photography as a pictorial art. In the preface to these photographs 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'

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