Gorgeous photos record idyllic country life in Victorian England

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Photographer William Grundy's views of Victorian England
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Photographer William Grundy's views of Victorian England
circa 1857: A man calls at the window of a young girl. William Grundy's 'English Views'. (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
Two gamekeepers rest on a riverbank during a hunting expedition, 1857. From William Grundy's English Views. (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Amateur astronomers examining the sky. Original Publication:William Grundy's English Views (Photo by William Grundy/Getty Images)
Two young women gleaners snatch a moment's rest. Original Publication:William Grundy's English Views (Photo by William Grundy/Getty Images)
circa 1857: A Victorian party relaxing by a country lane. William Grundy's 'English Views' (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: A smartly-dressed young man with a pocket watch stands next to a sign reading 'Gentleman missing: Sold by appointment on 1st April'. Two young women peer mischievously over the wall behind him. William Grundy's 'English Views'. (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
A couple chatting across a country lane. Note the wattle fencing, probably around the South West of England. Original Publication: William Grundy's English Views - pub. 1857 (Photo by T. R. Williams/William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
1857: Labourers mending a road in the English countryside. William Grundy's 'English Views' - pub. 1857 (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: Groundsmen sit and chat by a dry-stone wall on the edge of the village churchyard. William Grundy's 'English Views' (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: A young man and woman resting amidst a patch of ferns. William Grundy's 'English Views' (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: A woman and two children rest with a basket and a rustic broom at the bottom of a flight of stone steps. William Grundy's 'English Views' (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: Two men set off in a small fishing boat, watched by a third man from the bank. William Grundy's 'English Views' (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: A path running along the bank of a lake, where a solitary man is fishing from a small boat. William Grundy's 'English Views' (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: Two men sit beside a rough track through a patch of rocky English countryside. William Grundy's 'English Views' (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: Three gentlemen gathered around the gate leading to a large farmhouse. William Grundy's 'English Views' (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: A boy leans against a door jamb with two dogs at his feet. William Grundy's 'English Views' (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: A young man surveys a rickety bridge over a river. William Grundy's 'English Views' (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: A small marching band carrying their instruments. William Grundy's 'English Views'. (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: A man leans on an ornate chair under a tree laden with blossoms. William Grundy's 'English Views'. (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: A young man dozes off on a rock whilst fishing. William Grundy's 'English Views'. (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: A group of boys climbing a moss-covered tree in the English countryside. William Grundy's 'English Views'. (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: Fishermen by a tree. William Grundy's 'English Views' (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
1857: A country scene with cows grazing. William Grundy's English Views (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: Farm workers chatting over the fence in 1857-8. William Grundy's 'English Views'. (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: A family sitting in the doorway of their cottage. William Grundy's English Views (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
1857: A man crosses a stream, shovel in hand. William Grundy's English Views - pub. 1857 (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: A group of men around at table, one of whom has a fishing rod. William Grundy's English Views (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: A hunter with his catch of rabbits and birds. William Grundy's English Views (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: A blacksmith at work on an anvil outside his forge. William Grundy's English Views (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: Children who have taken a break from their play to consider their thoughts by a tomb in the local cemetery. William Grundy's English Views (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
1857: A child at a well. William Grundy's 'English Views'. (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: A Victorian gentleman sits on the trunk of an uprooted tree. William Grundy's 'English Views' (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: A domestic servant washing fish at the pump. William Grundy's 'English Views'. (Photo by T. R. Williams/William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: One man turns the grindstone while the other sharpens the knife, on a country farm. William Grundy's 'English Views'. (Photo by T. R. Williams/William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1857: A Victorian gentleman walks along the edge of a riverbank. Trees with bare branches are reflected in the water. William Grundy's 'English Views' (Photo by William Grundy/London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
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These images of rural life in Victorian England were shot by William Morris Grundy, and acquired after his death by the London Stereoscopic Company.

Born in Birmingham in 1806, Grundy took up photography in 1855 and made dozens of stereoscopic photos, primarily posed genre scenes of rustic pursuits such as hunting, fishing, and farming.

After his death in 1859, Grundy’s idyllic photos were used as illustrations for a book, Sunshine in the Country: A Book of Rural Poetry.

 

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