Lombardy Pastoral Annan, James Craig  (Scottish, 1864-1946)

A Lombardy Pastoral and Ploughing on the Campagnetta have been seen as Annan’s ‘personal explorations of the current Realist movement which involved an interest in working life seen honestly. The two images typify the strong British interest in idyllic landscapes with farmer, trees and animals, but while British landscapes were represented as ‘remnants of a primitive past chat remained on the fringes of the modern nation. A Lombardy Pastoral has a long horizontal shape probably influenced by Japanese art. The format was unusual in nineteenth-century photography but much appreciated by the critics, ‘A Lombardy Pastoral is the example of the long narrow pictures which the artist affects is among the best of the examples in the room’

Reproduced / Exhibited

Bologna, Gabriella, The Aesthetics of British Photography. A Case Study: James Craig Annan’s Portfolio Venice and Lombardy in Anon. 2013. Aesthetic Lives : ‘New Experiences New Subjects of Poetry New Forms of Art’. High Wycombe Bucks England: Rivendale Press

References

Bologna, Gabriella, The Aesthetics of British Photography. A Case Study: James Craig Annan’s Portfolio Venice and Lombardy in Anon. 2013. Aesthetic Lives : ‘New Experiences New Subjects of Poetry New Forms of Art’. High Wycombe Bucks England: Rivendale Press

The Craig-Annan exhibition; Photography 8.424 (1896), p. 842.