About This Artwork

James Craig Annan
Scottish, 1864–1946

Bolney Backwater, c. 1908

Photogravure
21.6 x 28.8 cm (image); 26.8 x 40.6 cm (paper)
Signed recto, on paper, lower right, below image, in graphite: "J Craig Annan"; Inscribed recto, on paper, lower left, below image, in graphite: "Bolney Backwater"

Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949.669

When Stieglitz visited the 1904 International Art Exhibition in Dresden, he linked the work by Annan on view with that of David Octavius Hill, which was half a century older: “In the British exhibit but two deserve mention—Hill, the painter-photographer of fifty years ago, and J. Craig Annan. Their pictures will always hold their own in the very best of company—sane, honest, temperamental.”

— Exhibition Label text


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Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, "Alfred Stieglitz and his Contemporaries," September 9–November 3, 1997.

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, "Alfred Stieglitz and the 19th Century," October 31, 2015-March 27, 2016.

Publication History

Shimbun, Asahi. 1997. “Alfred Stieglitz and his Contemporaries.” Exh. cat. Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. p. 95. pl. 85.




Interpretive Resources

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