'Elaine Watching The Shield of Lancelot', 1859.
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Photograph by Henry Peach Robinson (1830-1901) illustrating 'Idylls of the King' by Tennyson. Robinson, extremely influential in nineteenth century photography circles, was recognised as the founder of the English Pictorialist school. He learned combination printing from Rejlander: the piecing together of various images, blending the seams and re-photographing the assemblage. His subjects were anecdotal and often pastoral, though he created such scenes with use of backdrops, props and costumes in his studio. Robinson led a secession group of photographers away from the Royal Photographic Society and was a founder member of the Linked Ring Brotherhood in 1892.