|Artist||attributed to Roger Fenton|
|Dimensions||Image 245 x 293 mm|
A rare early Oxford photograph, attributed to Roger Fenton, John Hannanvy remarked that Fenton, towards the end of his carreer, "paid a visit to Oxford and produced an outstanding series of pictures". See J.Hannavay,--Roger Fenton of Crimble Hall--, London Gordon Fraser, 1975, p.92.
One of the most important nineteenth-century photographers, Roger Fenton had a profound influence on the medium despite the fact that his career lasted for just over a decade. Born in 1819, he abandoned his law studies to become a painter in 1839. After study in London he moved to Paris and became a pupil of Michel-Martin Drolling. In 1851, however, he ceased his painting studies to take up the newly-invented process of photography. During the next eleven years, Fenton produced a widely varied body of work that represents one of the greatest accomplishments in the history of photography, covering landscape, architectural views, orientalism, portraits of the Royal Family, still lifes and the galleries of the British Museum. Commissioned by Thomas Agnew under the direct patronage of Queen Victoria, he travelled to Balaclava to document the Crimean War. His photographs are among the first ever to depict war.