View through woods to a factory, c 1855.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

View through woods to a factory, c 1855.

Smith, Samuel

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


A photograph of a factory with its chimney clearly visible through the trees at the edge of a wood, by Samuel Smith. Smith was a successful timber merchant who moved to Wisbech in Cambridgeshire in the late 1840s when he retired from business. He took up photography in the early 1850s and used his camera and the paper negative process to systematically record Wisbech during a period of dramatic growth and change. Although his photography was confined to barely more than a decade of his long life he is regarded as one of the pioneers of documentary photography.



Image Ref.


buy a print

Select size
Select finish
How many prints?

buy a framed print

buy a canvas

buy a framed canvas