Tir A'Mhurain, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland thumbnail 1
Tir A'Mhurain, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland thumbnail 2
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Request to view at the Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H , Case DELTA, Shelf 14

Tir A'Mhurain, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Photograph
1954 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This photograph was taken by Paul Strand in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The artist provides a compelling view of life on these small islands in his various photographs of 1954, which include many portraits as well as landscapes. Here, there are several buildings visible in the distance, including one at the centre of the composition. However, the vast sky and seascape as well as the wild horses on the beach in the foreground provide the focus of the photograph.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Delicate object, only to be handled by the mount.
Brief Description
gelatin silver print; 20thC; Strand Paul, Tir A'Mhurain, South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, 1954
Physical Description
Photograph by Paul Strand (American, 1890-1976) of wild horses on the beach, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, 1954.
Dimensions
  • Mount length: 57cm
  • Mount height: 46.9cm
  • Image length: 34.8cm
  • Image height: 27.5cm
Marks and Inscriptions
'Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Photograph 1954 by Paul Strand and print made by him' written on verso.
Gallery Label
  • "Above all, Strand's clouds and skies had to arouse an aesthetic response, a response that signified that the world was dangerously beautiful. In [his book] Tir a'Mhurain, the people and the landscape matched each other, reflected each other, explained each other, as perhaps no other Strand group did. This was Strand's stated ambition: to interweave the elements of nature and habitation so as to evoke the rich interior life of even the simplest folk." - Estelle Jussim
  • "Above all, Strand's clouds and skies had to arouse an aesthetic response, a response that signified that the world was dangerously beautiful. In [his book] Tir a'Mhurain, the people and the landscape matched each other, reflected each other, explained each other, as perhaps no other Strand group did. This was Strand's stated ambition: to interweave the elements of nature and habitation so as to evoke the rich interior life of even the simplest folk." - Estelle Jussim(11/09/2007-28/06/2008)
Credit line
Gift of the Gordon Fraser Trust through The Art Fund
Object history
Given by the Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust through the National Art Collections Fund
Place Depicted
Summary
This photograph was taken by Paul Strand in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The artist provides a compelling view of life on these small islands in his various photographs of 1954, which include many portraits as well as landscapes. Here, there are several buildings visible in the distance, including one at the centre of the composition. However, the vast sky and seascape as well as the wild horses on the beach in the foreground provide the focus of the photograph.
Bibliographic Reference
Tir a'Mhurain: The Outer Hebrides of Scotland catalogue with text by Basil Davidson and photographs by Paul Strand.
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.445-1975

About this object record

Explore the Collections contains over a million catalogue records, and over half a million images. It is a working database that includes information compiled over the life of the museum. Some of our records may contain offensive and discriminatory language, or reflect outdated ideas, practice and analysis. We are committed to addressing these issues, and to review and update our records accordingly.

You can write to us to suggest improvements to the record.

Suggest Feedback

record createdJuly 24, 2007
Record URL