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H. Granville Barker in Character

A work made of platinum print.

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  • A work made of platinum print.

Date:

1900

Artist:

Frederick H. Evans
English, 1853–1943

About this artwork

Best known for his painstakingly planned and printed images of cathedral interiors, Frederick H. Evans was elected to the Linked Ring, a London Pictorialist group, in 1900. That year, Evans abandoned the meticulous, sharp style of his architectural views and instead took up portraiture employing a painterly, soft focus, which he had formerly used in landscapes. On July 1, 1900, Evans was present for the private London performance of Candida, a daring play written by his close friend George Bernard Shaw six years earlier. At this event he photographed the enterprising young actor Harley Granville Barker in character as the poet Eugene Marchbanks, who competes for the affections of the play’s title character, the wife of a clergyman. Unusual for Evans, this picture emphasizes the shape of the figure, and the background has been all but removed through close vertical cropping.

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Artist

Frederick H. Evans

Title

H. Granville Barker in Character

Origin

England

Date

Made 1900

Medium

Platinum print

Dimensions

20.8 × 9.9 cm

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Charles and Ruth Levy Foundation

Reference Number

1974.217

Extended information about this artwork

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