'Farm Yard, Elfords, Hawkhurst', photograph by Benjamin Brecknell Turner

'Farm Yard, Elfords, Hawkhurst', photograph by Benjamin Brecknell Turner

Benjamin Brecknell Turner
'Farm Yard, Elfords, Hawkhurst'
England
1852-1854
Albumen print from paper negative
Museum no. PH.57-1982
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The bare branches of the elm trees and the dark clusters of rooks nests in this image show up clearly against the pale sky. The barrel fixed to wheels on the right is a water cart. Also to the right, a haystack, with a ladder leaning against it, has been cut back and some of the straw piled up as feed for the animals that would have been housed in the barn and fenced enclosure on the left. Concentration on these details indicates Turner's understanding of the cycle of the rural calendar.