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Photograph - The Vale of Rest

The Vale of Rest

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2000 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hunter, Tom (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cibachrome print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514a, case RK, shelf 26, box R

Tom Hunter's landscapes in the series 'Life and Death in Hackney' are based on Pre-Raphaelite paintings. 'Vale of Rest' follows J.E. Millais' painting of the same name (1858) and 'After Party' follows Henry Wallis' 'The Stone Breaker' (1857). Both images were taken in the Lea Valley, Hackney, East London, and feature the travellers who use the area for open-air parties.

Physical description

Colour photograph of two women sitting around a bonfire.

Place of Origin

London (made)


2000 (made)


Hunter, Tom (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Cibachrome print

Descriptive line

Photograph by Tom Hunter, "The Vale of Rest", colour photograph of two women sitting around a bonfire.

Labels and date

Label for 'Making It Up: Photographic Fictions' (3 May 2013 - 12 January 2014):

Tom Hunter (born 1965)
The Vale of Rest and After the Party
From the series Life and Death in Hackney

The compositions of these staged tableaux are based on Pre-Raphaelite paintings by J.E. Millais and Henry Wallis. The photographs were taken in the Lea Valley, East London, and feature travellers, who used the area for open-air parties. Using dramatic natural lighting and rich colours Hunter presents a surprisingly beautiful version of an overgrown urban landscape.

Cibachrome prints
Given by the artist
Museum nos. E.3703 and 3704-2007




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