Saami cradle

Photographer: Henry William Taunt studio (Oxford, England), labelled 'Henry W. Taunt & Co.'; Arthur John Evans (artist)
Date of Photo: Circa 1870s; 11 September 1873 (original drawing)
Continent: Europe
Geographical Area: Northern Europe
Country: Finland | United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Region/Place: Lapland; Armonjarvi
Cultural Group: European Saami
Format: Cabinet Card
Size: 73 x 82 mm
Acquisition: Joan Evans - Donated August 1941


Reproduction photograph by the Henry Taunt studio of an original drawing by Arthur Evans [1941.8.87] showing a Saami child being rocked in a cradle.

Research Notes

Research Notes - It has been identified by Philip Grover that this photographic print by the Henry Taunt studio ('Henry W. Taunt & Co.') reproduces an original drawing [1941.8.87] by Arthur John Evans, made during a visit to Finland in 1873. [PG 08/02/2013]

Research Notes - For more information on Arthur Evans' voyage to Finnish Lapland in 1873, see Joan Evans, Time and Chance: The Story of Arthur Evans and His Forebears (London, 1943), pp.172-176; Ann Brown, Before Knossos...: Arthur Evans's Travels in the Balkans and Crete (Oxford, 1993), pp.14-16, 90; and Tony Lurcock, No Particular Hurry: British Travellers in Finland, 1830-1917 (London, 2013), pp.123-134, 250. A selection of drawings and photographs made by Arthur Evans during the voyage was displayed in 'Travels in Finland and Bosnia-Herzegovina: An Ethnographic Collection of Sir Arthur Evans', exhibition [Archive Case display] curated by Philip Grover, Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, 29 April to 1 September 2013 (see Related Documents File). [PG 06/06/2013]

Research Notes - Henry William Taunt (1842-1922) established a shop at 33 Cornmarket Street, Oxford, in 1869, before moving to larger premises at 9-10 Broad Street in 1874 (closed 1895), while from 1889 also running his photographic business from a house, which he called Rivera (after the River Thames), on Cowley Road: Malcolm Graham, 'Taunt, Henry William (1842-1922)', in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online edition), http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/38438 (accessed 8 February 2013). [PG 08/02/2013]