Beached barges, c 1890
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A photograph of two barges, taken by Colonel Joseph Gale (c 1835-1906) in about 1890. Judging by the size of the river and the advertisement for Chiswick Ales on the building in the background, the two barges are probably beached on the River Thames near London. The barge in the foreground is called 'Harriet'. 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.