1876 Woodburytype of the Reverend F.W. Farrar, D.D., F.R.S., Canon of Westminster
(Rev. F.W. Farrar)

London & Edinburgh: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1876. A sharp and clear oval Woodburytype portrait of the Rev. F.W. Farrar; approx. 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" size, on the original heavy paper 8 1/2" x 10 1/2" sheet; Frederic William Farrar (1831-1903) British dean of Canterbury, novelist, and philologist "...Farrar's reputation declined sharply after his death. The humourless moralizing of Eric had already been mocked by the tough-minded schoolboys in Kipling's Stalky & Co and it has little appeal for modern readers. The colourful verbosity and sentimentality of the other novels and of The Life of Christ now seem equally dated and his immense output of published sermons and lectures proved ephemeral. Much of his work in philology and biblical studies was soon superseded, although its range and erudition is still impressive. But historians of the school story and of nineteenth-century religious thought continue to take an interest in his work and his History of Interpretation remains a useful resource for scholars." (Norman Vance in the DNB); photograph by Thompson Cooper, Lock & Whitfield photographers; oval Woodburytype, (photoglyptie) patented in 1864 by Walter Bentley Woodbury (1834-1885) an early form of photomechanical print, made by embossing a photographic image on paper with a metal mold containing the gelatin relief of a photographic negative: "...the tonal scale of the resultant image was highly luminous...has a continuous tone, showing neither a screen nor a grain pattern..." (Baldwin, 1991); a striking portrait of this noted British scholar; in very good condition. Very Good (Item ID: 20019)


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