Photograph: 1913 family picnic, colour

Life in the Long Nineteenth Century

Photograph #1

1913 By Mervyn O Gorman His family eat their picnic in Dorset (UK). Early colour Autochrome

1913: The family of Mervyn O’Gorman, an enthusiastic amateur photographer. A picnic in Dorset, England. Early colour Autochrome Lumière. The long exposure time required may explain the slightly bored looks.

For context the following were published in 1913:


  • Arnold Bennett – The Regent
  • Algernon Blackwood – A Prisoner in Fairyland
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs – The Return of Tarzan
  • Arthur Conan Doyle – The Poison Belt [See book review on this blog]
  • Henry James – A Small Boy and Others
  • Annie Fellows Johnston – Miss Santa Clause of the Pullman
  • Mary Johnston – Hagar
  • D. H. Lawrence – Sons and Lovers
  • Jack London
    • The Valley of the Moon
    • The Abysmal Brute
  • Compton Mackenzie – Sinister Street, vol. 1
  • Lucy Maud Montgomery – The Golden Road
  • Baroness Orczy – Eldorado
  • Marcel Proust – Swann’s Way
  • Saki – When William Came
  • Edith Wharton – The Custom of the Country
  • P. G. Wodehouse – The Little Nugget
  • Leonard Woolf – The Village in the Jungle

Children/young people

  • L. Frank Baum
    • The Patchwork Girl of Oz
    • Little Wizard Stories of Oz
    • Aunt Jane’s Nieces on the Ranch (as Edith Van Dyne)
  • E. Nesbit – Wet Magic
  • Beatrix Potter – The Tale of Pigling Bland


  • Robert Frost – A Boy’s Will
  • Siegfried Sassoon – The Daffodil Murderer
  • Georg Trakl – Gedichte (“Poems”)


  • Guillaume Apollinaire – The Cubist Painters, Aesthetic Meditations (Les Peintres Cubistes, Méditations Esthétiques)
  • Sigmund Freud – Totem und Tabu
  • Holbrook Jackson – The Eighteen Nineties
  • Rosa Luxemburg – Die Akkumulation des Kapitals (The Accumulation of Capital, 1951)
  • Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell – Principia Mathematica (completed)



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