'The Ferry', 1890.
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A photograph titled 'The Ferry', taken by Colonel Joseph Gale (c 1835-1906), in 1890, of riverboats. A woman is polling a flat-bottomed punt out to a small single-masted barge or ferry. The boat, called the 'Neptune', has smoke coming from the small cabin in the stern. Misty hills in the background suggest evening or early morning. Gale exhibited this photograph at the Photographic Society of Great Britain Exhibition of 1890. Joseph Gale specialised in naturalistic photographs of rural life and figures in landscapes. He was one of the first members of the Linked Ring Brotherhood and was also a member of the Royal Photographic Society.