Pepperharrow Park, Surrey', photograph by Benjamin Brecknell Turner

Pepperharrow Park, Surrey', photograph by Benjamin Brecknell Turner

Benjamin Brecknell Turner
'Pepperharrow Park, Surrey'
England
1852-1854
Albumen print from paper negative
Museum no. PH.37-1982
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The patterns of branches formed against pale skies on photographic paper were especially appealing to Turner and his fellow calotype practitioners. Trees were a subject that could demonstrate the camera's unparalleled veracity in recording natural forms. They were also venerable subjects with long histories and nationalistic associations. In this photograph Turner focussed on a hoary oak tree producing something akin to a portrait.