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The Mangold Harvest

The Mangold Harvest

Photographer: Emerson, Peter Henry (1856 - 1936)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1887

Shelfmark: 1760.e.4

Item number: 4

Length: 17.8

Width: 28.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

In the book ‘Pictures From Life In Field And Fen,’ photographer Peter Henry Emerson observes and records scenes of country life in East Anglia, England, which includes Norfolk, Suffolk, and part of Cambridgeshire. In 1884 he moved to Southwold in Suffolk and influenced by contemporary painters (notably Bastien-Lepage and Millet) he represented country figures acting characteristically. ‘The Mangold Harvest’ is one of his many scene-setting, farming views. In a six page introduction on art history and aesthetics Emerson emphasises naturalism and argues for a "high and honourable place" for photography as a "fine art." He dedicates the book to the memory of French inventor Niepce. "We have adopted a reproductive process for publishing these plates. This process automatic etching on copper, as first discovered by Niepce."

Text by Peter Henry Emerson from the illustrated book 'Pictures From Life In Field And Fen'

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