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A Tree in Greyfriars Churchyard, Edinburgh

A work made of gum bichromate over platinum print.

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  • A work made of gum bichromate over platinum print.

Date:

1905

Artist:

Alvin Langdon Coburn
English, born United States, 1882–1966

About this artwork

Coburn made this photograph as part of a project illustrating Robert Louis Stevenson’s Edinburgh Picturesque Notes. He wrote of this image: “This vision of a mouldering churchyard full of tombs is not in the least gloomy or depressing. It has a kind of charm, a serene beauty of its own which lifts it out of the commonplace, and gives it a stability and character which some ancient localities seem to acquire with time and association, as difficult to explain as the mysteries of love and death and the great human emotions, but there to be discovered by the visionaries of future generations who follow in the footsteps of discerning Stevenson.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Alvin Langdon Coburn

Title

A Tree in Greyfriars Churchyard, Edinburgh

Origin

England

Date

Made 1905

Medium

Gum bichromate over platinum print

Dimensions

39.0 × 32.0 cm (image/paper); 52.4 × 39.3 cm (mount)

Credit Line

Julien Levy Collection, Gift of Jean and Julien Levy

Reference Number

1978.1059

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