'The Reedy Marge'
Photographer: Emerson, Peter Henry
Medium: Photographic print
"We name this plate as nature-loving Wordsworth named the border of one of his beloved lakes. Would that Wordsworth had lived by these Norfolk waters; but even he would, alas! have failed to do justice to such enchanting scenes. Our plate shows us a beautiful group of quaint buildings nestling peacefully among the water-loving willows and reeds. The buildings are sheltered from the mere by a wall of rush nearly ripe, for it is now early autumn. The houses and trees and reed are beautifully reflected in the water, the reflection being streaked here and there by the light ripple-marks of a passing breeze. The whole scene is flooded with a grey silvery lighting, which gives it a harmonious tone. Language fails to describe the subtleties and beauties of nature's work, and all honour to the painters who from simple, loving nature-study try to show us her incomparable beauties, instead of foisting upon us the crude coarse clay of man's dull imagination."
Text by Peter Henry Emerson from the book 'Idyls of the Norfolk Broads'