'Scotch Firs, Hawkhurst', photography by Benjamin Brecknell Turner

'Scotch Firs, Hawkhurst', photography by Benjamin Brecknell Turner

Benjamin Brecknell Turner
'Scotch Firs, Hawkhurst'
England
1852-1854
Albumen print from paper negative
Museum no. PH.59-1982
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This was the photograph Turner exhibited most frequently during his lifetime. His favoured motif of the rural lane, this time lined with tall Scotch fir trees, is shown dramatically. The fence sweeping diagonally to the right is made partly of wood but also of wire - an unusual modern note. But the rest of the scene shows familiar Turner subjects, the ancient trees, the reflection in a pond, the old farm buildings and a cartwheel.