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Albumen photo of the White House, North Facade ASP95-10

Gorgeous albumen photograph, 6 1/4"h x 8"w (16 x 20.3 cm), of the North Front facade of the White House, circa 1890. Mounted to a card of the same size and attached to a dark grey mat that measures 11"h x 13"w. The pool with the fountain was added during Grant's administration, replacing a statue of Thomas Jefferson that had stood there for almost thirty years. Some light chipping to mat. Photo in fine, unmarked condition with beautiful, warm toning. $110.00 SOLD.

Fred. S. Crowell Albumen portrait of a young girl ASP96-10

Lovely full length portrait albumen photo, 8 1/2"h x 6"w (21 x 15 cm), of a girl leaning on a posing chair. Mounted to a card stock the same size, it's obvious by the oval toning that it was once matted and framed. Oval blindstamp just below the subject's foot of Ohio photographer Fred S. Crowell. Photo circa 1870. Some uneven trimming to edge of card stock. Else photo is in fine condtion with beautiful toning. $75.00

Hand tinted cabinet card portrait by Brownell, Providence ASP152-10

Tinted albumen photograph studio portrait of a man mounted as a cabinet card. The tinting on his face, hair and beard is so expertly done that it's initially difficult to see that it's an actual photograph, until compared to his cravat and suit jacket. Studio backmark of "A. C. Brownell, Providence, RI". In fine, clean condition. $25.00

Albumen photo of York Minster by James Valentine ASP135-10

Large albumen photograph, 7 1/2"h x 11"w (19.1 x 27.9 cm), of the Choir of York Minster by James Valentine (1815-1879). Titled, numbered and initialed in the negative. Circa 1880. In addition to it's uncommon larger size, this particular copy of this popular image is virtually as-new with deep, rich brown toning, excellent detail and a lovely clean and glossy surface. Mounted to a period grey stiff card mount measuring 12 1/2" h x 15"w. Mount has some edge wear. $75.00

Albumen photo of Melrose Abbey by James Valentine ASP137-10

Large albumen photograph, 7 1/2"h x 11"w (19.1 x 27.9 cm), of Melrose Abbey by James Valentine (1815-1879). Titled, numbered and initialed in the negative, this beautiful photo is an early example of the Valentine firm's topographical views. As such it was very probably done by James Valentine himself, or his son's William and George, who joined their father's business in the 1860's. As the firm grew in size in the last quarter of the 19th century, numerous anonymous photographer's were hired to take the firm's photographs, which were all still credited to James Valentine with the familiar "J. V." initials in the negative. Photo circa 1865. Mounted to a period grey stiff card mount measuring 12 1/2" h x 15"w. In fine, clean condition with lovely depth and toning. $125.00

Albumen photo of Dryburgh Abbey by James Valentine ASP138-10

Large albumen photograph, 7 1/2"h x 11"w (19.1 x 27.9 cm), of Dryburgh Abbey by James Valentine (1815-1879). Titled, numbered and initialed in the negative, this beautiful photo of Dryburgh Abbey, which houses the tomb of Sir Walter Scott, is an early example of the Valentine firm's topographical views. As such it was very probably done by James Valentine himself, or his son's William and George, who joined their father's business in the 1860's. As the firm grew in size in the last quarter of the 19th century, numerous anonymous photographer's were hired to take the firm's photographs, which were all still credited to James Valentine with the familiar "J. V." initials in the negative. Photo circa 1865. Mounted to a period grey stiff card mount measuring 12 1/2" h x 15"w. In fine, clean condition with lovely depth and toning. $125.00

Antonio Beato albumen photo of Karnak relief ASP129-10

Large albumen photograph, 10 1/4"h x 8 1/4"w (26 x 21 cm), of a wall relief at the the temple complex of Karnak, Egypt described as "Tuthmosis subduing prisoners". Attributed to Antonio Beato (1832?-1906). In 1862 Beato opened a photography studio in Luxor and began his series of Egyptian ruins, temples, antiquities, etc. Though taken to supply the burgeoning (and lucrative) tourist trade, there's no doubt as to his artistic ability, as this fine example with it's superior light and mood can attest to. Photo circa 1860's. Mounted to a period beige stiff card mount measuring 17"h x 14" w. Short, contemporary ink description to recto of mount. For similar plate illustrations see "Il Fotografo dei Faraoni. Antonio Beato in Egitto, 1860-1900". Pendragon, Bologna. 2008. Image in fine, clean condition. $150.00

Antonio Beato albumen photograph of wall relief at Edfu ASP130-10

Large albumen photograph, 10 1/4"h x 8 1/4"w (26 x 21 cm), of a wall relief at the the temple at Edfu, Egypt described as "Pharoh and his boat". Attributed to Antonio Beato (1832?-1906). In 1862 Beato opened a photography studio in Luxor and began his series of Egyptian ruins, temples, antiquities, etc. Though taken to supply the burgeoning (and lucrative) tourist trade, there's no doubt as to his artistic ability, as this fine example with it's gorgeous inky brown shadows and sharp detail can attest to. Photo circa 1860's. Mounted to a period beige stiff card mount measuring 17"h x 14" w. Short, contemporary ink description to recto of mount. For similar plate illustrations see "Il Fotografo dei Faraoni. Antonio Beato in Egitto, 1860-1900". Pendragon, Bologna. 2008.Image in fine, clean condition. $150.00

Albumen Photograph of Drachenfels Castle by Carl Hertel ASP148-10

Albumen photograph, 10"h x 7 1/2" w (25.4 x 19.1 cm), of the Drachenfels, and the ruined castle of the same name that perches high atop it, in Germany's Siebengebirge. Legend has it that Siegfried, the hero of the Niebelungenlied, slayed a dragon living in a cave in this mountain and then bathed in its blood to make himself invulnerable to harm. Photo by Carl Hertel (1832-1906), circa 1880. Titled, numbered and credited in the negative ("C. Hertel, Mainz"). Mounted to a period beige stiff card mount measuring 15" h x 12" w. Slight warp to mount. Else, photo in beautiful, as-new condition. $100.00

Albumen Photograph of the Rheingrafenstein by Carl Hertel ASP149-10

Albumen photograph, 10"h x 7 1/2" w (25.4 x 19.1 cm), of the Rheingrafenstein. High above the Nahe river sits the ruined Burg Rheingrafenstein. Behind it is an observation platform atop an eight hundred foot cliff, reached by a staircase, and overlooking the castle and surrounding area. In this photo part of the observation platform railing can be seen at the summit of the left-most rock. Photo by Carl Hertel (1832-1906), circa 1880. Titled, numbered and credited in the negative ("C. Hertel, Mainz"). Mounted to a period beige stiff card mount measuring 15" h x 12" w. Slight warp to mount with some chipping to edges. Else, photo in beautiful, as-new condition. $100.00

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