Feb 11, 2008

Edwin Booth's Boat House, Near Newport, August 6, 1884

Edwin Booth's Boat House, Near Newport, August 6, 1884


Louise Deshong Woodbridge

(American, 1848–1925)

Albumen print from gelatin dry plate negative

Image: 11.5 x 19.4 cm (4 1/2 x 7 5/8 in.); Matted: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1994.280



Woodbridge, a Philadelphia socialite, was a gifted amateur photographer active from 1884 through 1915. This stark seascape is an excellent early example of her photographs that stress light and atmospheric effects. The boathouse provides a sense of scale in this grand, sweeping scene dominated by a rocky beach and cloud-filled sky. Her photographs are distinguished by a successful union of factual detail and broad tonal effects.

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