Oct 2, 2007

She Runs Home and Tells Her Mother All about It

The Story of Little Red Riding Hood

She Runs Home and Tells Her Mother All about It


Henry Peach Robinson

(British, 1830–1901)

Albumen print from wet collodion negative

Image: 29.9 x 19.5 cm (11 3/4 x 7 11/16 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1988.215



Henry Peach Robinson was a leading writer and exponent of an approach to photography that was based on literary inspiration and the emulation of painting. Robinson portrayed pastoral landscapes or staged picturesque, narrative scenes of such stories as the Brothers Grimm's Little Red Riding Hood, which were immensely popular with Victorian audiences. In this tableau, Robinson carefully arranged his models to illustrate the safe return home of Little Red Riding Hood and to emphasize the story's moral of innocence and obedience.

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