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Plas Plen, Denbighshire, Wales
Artist: Simon Marsden, c.1975
Medium: Silver gelatin print
Size: 69cm x 57cm

Simon Neville Llewelyn Marsden (1948-2012) was an English photographer and author. He attended Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire, as well as the University of Sorbonne. From 1969, he worked as an assistant to Irish photographer Ruan O'Lochlainn, where he learned the skills of the darkroom.


Marsden is known best for his uncommon black and white photographs of allegedly haunted houses and places throughout Europe. Marsden's particular interest was "eerie" motifs like graveyards and old ruins, as well as the legends and tales that are often connected with these places. Yet the gloomy atmosphere of Marsden's pictures is not based on careful choice of the motifs alone, but to the same degree on Marsden's photography technique, which included the use of infrared film.


The first of his works were published in photography periodicals at the end of the seventies. Two grants from the Arts Council of Great Britain in 1975 and 1976 allowed Marsden to undertake extensive journeys throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, photographing the architectural subjects and varied landscapes he encountered.


Marsden’s photographs already became world-famous and are exhibited at a large number of museums.


The print shows Plas Pren which was built in the early 1890's by Viscount Davenport to be used as a shooting lodge. Yet with the house, Gwylfa Hiraethog, on the desolate moors, being isolated meant it was difficult to acquire servants and so it was sold in 1925. Was abandoned in the 1950's.


His work is a silver gelatin print. Framed in a wooden frame and glazed. Signed lower right by pencil "S.N.L. Marsden".


This print was donated to FARA Clapham.


This print was sold at the Photographica sale at Chiswick Auctions on 16th May 2019 - LOT 238.

PRICE: £380
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