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Barton, Emma (1872–1938)

Barton, Emma (1872–1938)

British photographer. Name variations: Mrs. G.A. Barton. Born Emma Rayson in Birmingham, England, in 1872; died at Isle of Wight, England, in 1938; daughter of a railway porter; married George Albert Barton; children: three daughters, two sons.

Highly regarded for her portraits and allegorical studies, Emma Barton probably became interested in photography in the 1890s while taking pictures of her children. Most of her work was done in and around her own house in Birmingham, England. Barton began exhibiting in approximately 1901 and was represented in competitions and exhibitions in Britain, Europe, and the United States. Her work was also published in a number of magazines. Her well-known photograph The Awakening received a medal at the 1903 Royal Photographic Society exhibition, and it appeared in the British section of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition held in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1904. In 1929, Barton took up residence on the Isle of Wight, where she died nine years later, in 1938.

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