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A Pastoral

A Pastoral

Photographer: Wilkinson, Benjamin Gay

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1891

Shelfmark: 1757.b.14

Item number: 23

Length: 16.9

Width: 12

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"The last of the series brings us close up to the present times, seeing that it dates no further back than October of this year. Some time ago Mr. Wilkinson's poetic fancy had been caught by Milton's musical words, 'Where the nibbling flocks do stray,' (L'Allegro, I. 72), but Fortune presented no propitious opportunity until a few months ago, when 'Zephyr with Aurora playing,' in the morning following a dew-laden night, brought shepherd, sheep and sheep-dog together under favourable circumstances. It would seem as though the dog entered into the spirit of its duties of assigning some limit to the straying flock - and while his ears were 'pricked,' a half second's up-lifting of the Lens cap secured 'A Pastoral,' such as, alas! is growing rarer day by day, as our hills are being, one by one, quarried and tunneled out of all knowing."

Descriptive text by F C Lambert from 'Sun Artists' (Number 6)

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