F. Maxwell Lyte

Untitled

c. 1853
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"What is more beautiful ... on a rugged foreground, than an old tree with a hollow trunk? Or with a dead arm, a drooping bough or a dying branch?" This excerpt from William Gilpin's eighteenth-century treatise on forest scenery reflects the fascination many artists had for broken branches and decaying trees. In this image, Lyte was clearly more interested in the picturesque quality of the damaged trees than in the human figures, included merely for scale. The rich reddish coloration and gentle tonalities of the photograph are characteristic of many salted paper prints. Because the image is held by the silver salts embedded in the paper itself, the print has a distinctive depth and warmth.
Title
Untitled
Date
c. 1853
Medium
Photograph
Materials
salted paper print
Dimensions
20.7 x 16.9 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Purchased 1998
Accession number
39630

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