We get all kinds of enquiries here at Insight: Collections and Research Centre. One recent researcher was analysing the structural changes in Furness Abbey in Cumbria. He visited the collection to look at Roger Fenton’s photographs of the abbey, to help him map changes to the abbey’s architectural form and function.
Roger Fenton photographed Furness Abbey in 1860 during one of his extended trips around Britain. Each summer Fenton packed his photographic equipment and travelled around capturing abbeys, stately homes, cultivated parkland and wild landscapes. Here’s a small selection from his journeys to Cumbria and the Lake District.
Fenton’s contemporaries marvelled at his facility in photographing landscapes. The Journal of the Photographic Society said:
“No one can touch Fenton in landscape: he seems to be to photography what Turner was to painting. There is such an artistic feeling about the whole of these pictures, the gradations of tint are so admirably given, that they cannot fail to strike the beholder as being something more than mere photographs.”