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Photograph - Hurtmore Lane, Surrey
  • Hurtmore Lane, Surrey
    Turner, Benjamin Brecknell, born 1815 - died 1894
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Hurtmore Lane, Surrey

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Hurtmore (photographed)

  • Date:

    1852-1854 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Turner, Benjamin Brecknell, born 1815 - died 1894 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print from calotype negative

  • Museum number:

    PH.36-1982

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 354, box H

Benjamin Turner was one of the first, and remains one of the greatest, British amateur photographers. He began practising photography in 1849 according to the technique patented in 1841 by the British inventor W. H. Fox Talbot (1800-1877). Turner's photographs were 'contact' printed from paper negatives (known as calotypes) of the same size as the print. He printed them on albumen paper, which is paper that has been floated on an emulsion of egg white containing light-sensitive silver salts. Between 1852 and 1854 Turner compiled 60 of his own photographs, including this one, in what is believed to be a unique album, 'Photographic Views from Nature'. It might have been a sample book, a convenient method for presenting photographs for personal pleasure, and for showing to colleagues or potential exhibitors. It remained in the Turner family until it was bought by the Museum.

Turner photographed several scenes in Hurtmore (near Godalming) while on his travels in Surrey. As with so many of his photographs in rural areas, the emphasis is on the picturesque possibilities of lanes, trees and agricultural equipment. Another view of this shed, with farms wagons, is Ph.35-1982.

Physical description

Photograph

Place of Origin

Hurtmore (photographed)

Date

1852-1854 (made)

Artist/maker

Turner, Benjamin Brecknell, born 1815 - died 1894 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print from calotype negative

Dimensions

Height: 26.1 cm, Width: 37.9 cm

Descriptive line

19thC; Turner B B, Hurtmore Lane, Surrey

Techniques

Photography

Subjects depicted

Wagons; Lane; Shed; House

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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