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Rebecca At The Well

Rebecca At The Well

Photographer: Myers, Eveleen (1856 - 1937)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1891

Shelfmark: 1757.b.14

Item number: 27

Length: 16.9

Width: 12

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"It is extremely difficult to treat drapery by any mechanical process of reproduction; and the composition of groups with a dramatic or narrative intention almost invariably recalls a tableau-vivant. Mrs Myers shows her true asthetic feeling in this branch of the photographic art. She does not attempt too much; and what she aims at, is carried through. I might point to 'The Summer Garden' as a good example of a photographic idyl...Of even higher aesthetic value to my mind are 'Rebekah,' and the 'Beggar Maid.' In both of these studies the drapery is handled with masterly skill, reminding one of the folds of a Greek chiton in some marble of the Attic age. The figures are posed with simple dignity. While perfectly natural, they are plastically picturesque. The illumination too leaves nothing to be desired, and the dark masses of the model's hair are kept in proper tone-relation to the lights and shades upon the drapery. Moreover, the structure of the living person is felt beneath the dress, which clothes but does not conceal the limbs."

Descriptive text by John Addington Symonds from 'Sun Artists' (Number 7)

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