'Foldyard Bredicot Court', photograph by Benjamin Brecknell Turner

'Foldyard Bredicot Court', photograph by Benjamin Brecknell Turner

Benjamin Brecknell Turner
'Foldyard Bredicot Court'
England
1852-1854
Albumen print from paper negative
Museum no. PH.23-1982
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This scene is redolent of summer. The atmospheric effects of 'aerial' perspective (a sense of depth through increasingly softened focus in the distance) are evident in the backdrop of the gently rising land with its detail lost in a warm, golden haze, enhanced by the honey colour of the print. The evidence of agricultural activity also helps to pinpoint the season. A foldyard is usually where cattle are kept in winter, but here it is being utilised for a different purpose. Hay, cut in the summer months, has been heaped here prior to storing it in the barn ready to feed the animals through the winter.

Although the yard is still in the same place today, it is hard to recognise Turner's idyllic scene. The cottage in the background survives as almost the sole surviving structure, though in the present view it is obscured by 20th century farm buildings. Churchill Wood on the skyline beyond remains a constant feature in this changed landscape.