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Photograph - A man and a woman by an ancient tree
  • A man and a woman by an ancient tree
    Jones, Calvert Richard Rev., born 1802 - died 1877
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A man and a woman by an ancient tree

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Wales (possibly, photographed)

  • Date:

    ca.1845 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jones, Calvert Richard Rev., born 1802 - died 1877 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    salted paper print from a calotype negative

  • Museum number:

    PH.83-1983

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 353, box A

Physical description

A tree portrait with two recling figures at each side of the tree, woman on the left and a man on the right.
Fading to the edges of the image.

Place of Origin

Wales (possibly, photographed)

Date

ca.1845 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Jones, Calvert Richard Rev., born 1802 - died 1877 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

salted paper print from a calotype negative

Dimensions

Height: 23 cm, Width: 18.4 cm

Object history note

During the 1830s William Henry Fox Talbot invented a way of making paper negatives and from them multiple paper prints. In doing so, he laid the foundations of modern photography. Calvert Richard Jones learned of these developments in 1839 through a neighbour, who was a cousin of Talbot. Jones made many pictures in the West of England and South Wales, where he lived. He also travelled widely, making photographs on the continent. Jones' work stands out in the early development of photography because he was one of the first to apply a schooled artist's eye to the medium.

A portrait of a venerable tree, this photograph is made memorable by the symmetrically arranged, reclining figures of a man and a woman at each side of the tree. Old trees were considered picturesque in their decay and they were living reminders of the past. Jones seldom photographed trees or made plant studies, his choice of subject matter is primarily architectural or maritime.

Descriptive line

Two figures beneath a large tree

Materials

Salted paper

Techniques

Calotype

Subjects depicted

Ivy; Tree; Seat; Man; Landscape; Woman

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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