Ode XIV | Anacreon Farnsworth, Emma J.  (American, 1860-1952)

The photogravures, which are printed on tissue and tipped in, show women in Grecian-inspired dress with birds, children, or instruments. The images and the six poems, most of them by Thomas Moore, are each given their own two-page spread. Emma Farnsworth, a resident of Albany, New York, was active primarily in the 1890s, during which time she presented a one-person exhibition of her work at the Camera Club of New York and had her work appear in Camera Notes. Virtuous, Utopian, Arcadian. The slim quarto volume In Arcadia portrays ideals of Arcadian utopia and virtue by representing them in the form of a Greek maiden or nymph. The title page declares: Compiled and Illustrated By Emma Justine Farnsworth- the six delicate Japanese tissue photogravure plates are some of the earliest published examples of her work. [1]

Emma Justine Farnsworth (1860-1952) was an American pictorialist photographer. She spent her entire life in Albany, New York, but presented a solo show of her work at the prestigious Camera Club of New York in 1897. Alfred Stieglitz included a photogravure by her in a 1900 issue of Camera Notes and the esteemed American Pictorial Series. Frances Benjamin Johnston included Farnsworth in the series “The Foremost Women Photographers in America” for the Ladies’ Home Journal in 1901. [2]

OCLC locates 5 copies


[1] Photoseed.com https://photoseed.com/collection/group/in-arcadia/ cited 02/25/23

[2] Peterson Christian A et al. Alfred Stieglitz’s Camera Notes. 1st ed. Published by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Association with W.W. Norton 1993