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  • A highly accomplished gardener, Charles Jones plied his trade on a number of private estates in England in the 1890s including Ote Hall in Sussex, where the images in this lot were likely taken. Jones had a great deal of success as a propagator of flowers and vegetables, and he documented the results photographically. Jones’s visual style was admirably straightforward, and he leaned into photography’s ability to capture volume and texture. Working almost exclusively with a plain background, his photographs possess a Modernist precision well ahead of their time. Produce primarily for his own use, Jones’s prints were produced in very limited quantities, and many are unique. 

    • Provenance

      Hamiltons Gallery, London, 1999

    • Catalogue Essay

      The photographs included in this lot are as follows:

      Pea – Aristocrat (4 Pods)
      Turnips Snowball
      Parsnip Student
      Onion – Ailsa Craig


Selected Studies of Vegetables

circa 1900-1902
Four gold toned printing-out-paper prints.
Varying sizes from 6 x 4 1/8 in. (15.2 x 10.5 cm) to 7 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (19.7 x 24.8 cm) or the reverse
Each initialed, titled, and annotated in pencil on the verso.

Full Cataloguing

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $16,510

Contact Specialist

Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs


Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 11 October 2023