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Autumn Floods

Autumn Floods

Photographer: Emerson, Peter Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1887

Shelfmark: 1869.b.28

Item number: 5

Length: 11

Width: 11

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"Autumn Floods is an example of the charming bits of landscape to be found on the edges of the broads. Our plate gives a grey day effect in early autumn. The south-east winds have backed up the waters and forced them over the low-lying marshes. The line of rush crowned with their bursting seed-cases breaks up the foreground, and gives distance to the point of interest. The rick of marsh-hay safely stacked after the haysel, casts a beautifully soft, subdued reflection in the placid water. A marshman's cow is grazing on the higher lands not yet flooded. On the right the line of the road gives contrast to the picture and leads to the hedge, over the top of which can be seen the chimneys and house-tops of the distant village, melting softly into the grey sky. Exquisite is Nature's touch as she draws the distance."

Text by Peter Henry Emerson from the book 'Idyls of the Norfolk Broads'

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