Benjamin Brecknell Turner
'Hurtmore Lane, Surrey'
Albumen print from paper negative
Museum no. PH.35-1982
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
A closer view of the shed seen in another view of Hurtmore Lane (Ph.36-1982) presents more of the tangle of coppiced branches on the left and a small pair of wheels placed curiously in the foreground. An alternative negative of the subject (in the collection of the Royal Photographic Society) reveals one minor difference: the wheels have been replaced by a bundle of sticks showing how Turner was not averse to tinkering with foreground details to enhance meaning or improve the composition and the apparently natural evidence of rustic disorder.