The Old Bridge At Fountains Abbey
Photographer: Holden, Dr.
Medium: Photographic print
“Little streams are light and shadow,
Flowing through the pasture meadow –
Flowing by the green wayside,
Through the forest dim and wild,
Through the hamlet still and small,
By the cottage, by the hall,
By the ruined abbey still,
Turning here and there a mill,
Bearing tribute to the river –
Little streams, I love you ever.”
From a poem by Howitt, from 'The Sunbeam, a Photographic Magazine' (1857)
‘The Sunbeam, a Photographic Magazine’, edited by Philip Henry Delamotte, was published in five parts, each containing four albumen prints of landscape and architectural subjects. No.1 appeared in January 1857 and in 1859 the collection was reissued as a book titled ‘The Sunbeam, a Book of Photographs from Nature’. Each photographic plate is paired with a poetic or prose text. A poem by Howitt accompanied this photograph by Dr. Holden of a bridge over a picturesque river amid trees at Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire. Both images and text celebrate nature, landscape and monuments, seemingly untouched by mid-19th century industrial and urban development.