'The Lady of Shalott', 1861.

Robinson, H P (Henry Peach)

'The Lady of Shalott', 1861.
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


Photograph by Henry Peach Robinson (1830-1901) illustrating Tennyson's poem 'The Lady of Shalott', also painted by Pre-Raphaelite artist J W Waterhouse. Robinson learned combination printing from Rejlander: the piecing together of various images, blending the seams and re-photographing the assemblage. He easily surpassed his teacher, producing definitive photographs printed from up to nine negatives. 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.

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