A Rushy Shore, plate XXXV from "Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads"

Peter Henry Emerson1887

University of Michigan Museum of Art

University of Michigan Museum of Art


  • Title: A Rushy Shore, plate XXXV from "Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads"
  • Creator: Peter Emerson
  • Date Created: 1887
  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Physical Dimensions: w41.6 x h29.3 mm (sheet)
  • Label Copy: Initially trained as a physician, Emerson purchased his first camera in 1881 while a student at Cambridge University; in 1886 he abandoned medicine for photography. Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads was a photographic album that Emerson co-authored with the English painter Thomas F. Goodall (1856-1944). This work shows the artist's deep connection with the broads (or marshes) of the Suffolk landscape near Norfolk, a subject matter found in nearly all his works. He often portrayed these watery lowlands with a very high horizon line. Here, the sharp, staccato accents of the reeds in the water of the foreground diminish the viewer's sense of spatial recession, an effect that is further enhanced by the nearly abstract patterning of the reeds in contrast to the simple rounded masses of the huts and houses.
  • Type: Photograph
  • External Link: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/musart/x-2002-sl-2.234.2/2002_2.234.2.JPG?lasttype=boolean;lastview=thumbnail;resnum=1;sel9=ic_exact;size=20;sort=relevance;start=1;subview=detail;view=entry;rgn1=musart_an;select1=starts;q1=2002%2F2.234.2
  • Medium: platinum print


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