Benjamin Stone

Man at Entrance to Houses of Parliament, London

c. 1895-1914
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John Benjamin Stone was born to a prosperous family of glass makers in Birmingham. This, together with an insatiable appetite for knowledge about the world and a desire to record history, led him to a life in photography. The subject of "Man at Entrance to Houses of Parliament" is unknown. The portrait surely dates from the period when Stone was a member of the House, so we may safely assume that he was a fellow parliamentarian. For us, Stone's portrait is of interest because of the organic rapport between the frock-coated figure and the historical portal that frames him. What might also occur to us is the metaphor that results from the relationship between the four-square stance of the man and the solid pillar at the left. Stone's photograph is both deceptively simple and richly complex.
Title
Man at Entrance to Houses of Parliament, London
Date
c. 1895-1914
Medium
Photograph
Materials
platinum print
Dimensions
21.4 x 16.3 cm; image: 20.6 x 15.5 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Purchased 1981
Accession number
19763