Henry Peach Robinson (British, Ludlow, Shropshire 1830–1901 Tunbridge Wells, Kent)
Ralph Winwood Robinson (British, 1862–1942)
1885, printed ca. 1901
Platinum print from glass negative
26.3 x 36.6 cm. (10 3/6 x 14 7/16 in.)
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1989
Not on view
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.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on print, verso LL: "Dawn Sunset [underlined]"
Ken and Jenny Jacobson
Princeton University Art Museum. "Pictorial Effect / Naturalistic Vision," January 1, 1994–March 14, 1994.
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego. "Pictorial Effect / Naturalistic Vision," March 30, 1994–May 22, 1994.
Chrysler Museum of Art. "Pictorial Effect / Naturalistic Vision," June 11, 1994–September 4, 1994.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Beyond the Edges: An Insider's Look at Early Photographs," October 9, 1998–February 14, 1999.