A Merry Tale
Photographer: Robinson, Henry Peach
Medium: Photographic print
"The idea of this last picture originated, as we are told in 'Picture-making by Photography,' not with a party of peasants in a wood, but with a few young ladies in a drawing-room. The ladies fell unconsciously into certain attitudes, the tout ensemble of the lines seized the artist's fancy, and the picture was built up on similar lines, but with the 'venue' changed to a woody dell...
Mr. Robinson's pictures never fail to find favour with the jurors at photographic exhibitions, and he now stands the most be-medalled photographer in the world. He was not the first to introduce the special line of photography with which his name is now so intimately connected - 'Composite' photography, - but he was quick to perceive its possibilities...Many of Mr Robinsons most important works...were...produced not from one single negative, but...from two or more negatives printed on one sheet of paper...
So far as we have observed, excepting in some of his very earliest pictures, which are seldom seen nowadays, Mr. Robinson's models never look like dressed-up aristocrats aping the rustic. It cannot fairly be said that there is any lack of the genuine in the figures of 'A Merry Tale,' yet we are informed the whole picture, so far as the figures are concerned, was a bit of successful masquerade."
Descriptive text by Andrew Pringle from 'Sun Artists' (Number 2)