Henry Pollock

Windsor Castle

July 1855
Category: 
This slightly enigmatic image by Henry Pollock was included in "The Photographic Album for the Year 1855". Although titled "Windsor Castle", the true subject of the photograph appears to be rowing. The castle, in soft focus, seems to hover, dreamlike, over the sharper foreground scene, a group of six men and one boy gathered on the riverbank near two rowing sculls moored on the Thames. Competitive rowing became extremely popular during the nineteenth century and attracted large crowds that watched the sport from the riverbanks. Such a crowd can be glimpsed in the distance, suggesting that Pollock's photograph is a record of a competition that must have taken place in July of 1855.
Title
Windsor Castle
Date
July 1855
Medium
Photograph
Materials
albumen silver print
Dimensions
14.8 x 26.2 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Purchased 1973
Accession number
20515.3