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Photograph - Rick Making
  • Rick Making
    Williams, Thomas Richard, born 1824 - died 1871
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Rick Making

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1856 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Williams, Thomas Richard, born 1824 - died 1871 (photographers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stereoscopic photograph

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 546, box A

Physical description

Stereoscopic photograph of rick making.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


1856 (made)


Williams, Thomas Richard, born 1824 - died 1871 (photographers)

Materials and Techniques

Stereoscopic photograph


Height: cm Size of card, Width: cm

Object history note

T. R. Williams’ masterpiece, “Scenes in Our Village”, is one of the most intriguing groups of stereo photographs of all time. It comprises a series of photographs, almost certainly taken in the first half of the 1850’s, depicting rural life in an English village. Each carefully composed image, usually including some local characters, is accompanied by a dedicated verse, printed on the back of the card. In fact these verses probably warrant the title ‘poems’ – since each is not only the perfect foil to the photograph, but complete in itself. The result is not only a valuable document of a bygone era, but also a work of intrinsic beauty, and a gentle, thought-provoking comment on life.
The whole series of stereo cards comprises about 59 views, but there are numerous variants, and related views, which effectively bring the total number of “scenes” to about 80. The series has recently been republished with accompanying texts by Brian May and Elena Vidal under the title "A Village Lost and Found" (2009).

Descriptive line

Stereograph by T. R. Williams from the 'Scenes in our Village' series, entitled 'Rick Making' No. 492 in the set of views. Great Britain, ca. 1856.





Subjects depicted

Stereoscopes; Agriculture; Stereograph; Rick




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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