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A Fenman's Cottage

A Fenman's Cottage

Photographer: Payne Jennings, John (1843-1926)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1892

Shelfmark: 10354.aa.14

Item number: 30

Length: 8

Width: 11.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

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“A Fenman’s Cottage. – Here we have a harmony of reeds and weeds forming a very rustic picture, a true Norfolk cottage, rugged and weather-beaten. Could we see the fenman who in habits this inflammable looking cot, we should find him equally rugged and weather-beaten. He would probably be a bronzed, wrinkled man, grey-eyed and tangle-bearded, the latter varying in colour from a brown to a tawny-tow tinted shade. A straight nose, shaggy eyebrows, and wide mouth would complete this honest fenman’s face. I know them and their simple ways, and hope their contact with town-folk will not spoil them and teach them too much.”

Letterpress description by Ernest R. Suffling accompanying Plate LIX from ‘Sun Pictures of the Norfolk Broads’.

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