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Print - Lincoln Cathedral: Stairway in Southwest Turret
  • Lincoln Cathedral: Stairway in Southwest Turret
    Evans, Frederick Henry, born 1853 - died 1943
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Lincoln Cathedral: Stairway in Southwest Turret

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Lincoln (photographed)

  • Date:

    1895 (photographed)
    1900 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Evans, Frederick Henry, born 1853 - died 1943 (photographer)
    Swan Electric Engraving Co. (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photogravure on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist 1900

  • Museum number:

    PH.595-1900

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 13.1

Photographs of medieval architecture by Frederick Evans (1853-1943) were admired both by his fellows in the English photographic group known as the Brotherhood of the Linked Ring and by the avant-garde circle associated with Alfred Steiglitz and his magazine Camera Work in New York. For much of the 20th century, photography was transmitted not in the form of silver or platinum-based prints but in ink, and although Evans was a masterly printer of platinum photographs, this is a photogravure. It is one of a group by the Swan Electric Engraving Co., produced in 1900 from a photograph taken in 1895.

Physical description

Photographic view of part of the Cathedral interior, showing steps, arches and details of stonework.

Place of Origin

Lincoln (photographed)

Date

1895 (photographed)
1900 (printed)

Artist/maker

Evans, Frederick Henry, born 1853 - died 1943 (photographer)
Swan Electric Engraving Co. (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Photogravure on paper

Marks and inscriptions

photographer's initials
blind stamping

Dimensions

Height: 25.3 cm platemark, Width: 15.6 cm platemark, Height: 31 cm sheet, Width: 23.6 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Frederick H Evans. 'Lincoln Cathedral: Stairway in Southwest Turret', 1900

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Timmers, Margaret (Ed). Impressions of the Twentieth Century: Fine Art Prints from the V&A's Collection. London, V&A Publications, 2001.

Labels and date

Frederick Evans became known for his finely composed and printed architectural photography in the 1890s and 1900s. He was particularly interested in exploring the spatial effects created by light and perspective in church and cathedral interiors. Bu he was also inspired by a form of esoteric mysticism that looked for connections between the material and the spiritual. In this photograph, the doowrway suggests the possibility of a human presence, while the light entering from an unseen window embodies a spiritual presence. [20/02/2006]
Frederick Evans (1853–1943)
Lincoln Cathedral: Stairway in South West Turret
1898

Evans is admired for his finely composed and printed architectural photographs. He was particularly interested in exploring the spatial effects created by light and perspective in cathedral interiors. When explaining his approach to photographing his favourite subject, cathedrals, he wrote ‘Try for a record of emotion rather than a piece of topography’. [52 words]

Photogravure
Museum no. Ph.595-1900
Given by Frederick Evans []
Gallery 100, ‘History of photography’, 2011-2012, label text :

Frederick Evans (1853-1943)
‘Lincoln Cathedral, Stairway in Southwest Turret’
1898
In finely composed and printed photographs, Evans
explored the spatial effects created by light and
perspective in church and cathedral interiors. He
was inspired by a form of mysticism that looked for
connections between the material and the spiritual.
Here, the doorways suggest the possibility of a
human presence, while light entering from an unseen
window embodies a spiritual presence.

Photogravure
Given by Frederick Evans
Museum no. Ph.595-1900
[07 03 2014]

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Photogravure

Subjects depicted

Arches; Stonework; Cathedrals; Staircases

Categories

Photographs; Prints; Images Online; Architecture

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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