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Dawn and Sunset

Henry Peach Robinson (British, 1830–1901)

Printer:
Ralph Winwood Robinson (British, 1862–1942)
Date:
1885, printed ca. 1901
Medium:
Platinum print from glass negative
Dimensions:
26.3 x 36.6 cm. (10 3/6 x 14 7/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.1077
  • Description

    In his influential book The Elements of a Pictorial Photograph (1896), Robinson wrote: "A great deal can be done and beautiful pictures made, by the mixture of the real and artificial in a picture. It is not the fact of reality that is required, but the truth of imitation that constitutes a veracious picture." Robinson combined three negatives to create this allegory of time. Although his sleight of hand was considerable, he was criticized for compromising the integrity and truth of the medium.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on print, verso LL: "Dawn Sunset [underlined]"

  • Provenance

    Ken and Jenny Jacobson

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