'The Onion Field', 1890.

Davison, George

'The Onion Field', 1890.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm


A photogravure of a rural scene, taken by George Davison (1854-1930) in 1890. A small farm stands beyond a field of onions. This is Davison's most famous photograph. The atmospheric quality, composition and content created a sensation when it was first exhibited. It was taken using a pinhole camera and was first shown in the Photographic Society of Great Britain exhibition, 1890, where it was entitled, 'The Old Farmstead'. George Davison was a noted pictorial photographer and a founder member of The Linked Ring in 1892. From 1897 he was assistant manager of the Eastman Photographic Materials Company, renamed in 1898, Kodak Limited. He became managing director in 1900. Dimensions 15.4 x 20.6cm

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