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ALBUMEN & SILVER PRINTS/ PAGE TWO

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James Valentine albumen photograph of Giants Causeway ASP142-2

Albumen photograph, 5 1/4"h x 8"w (13.3 x 20.3), of Giants Causeway in Ireland by James Valentine (1815-1879). This is a terrific view of this fantastic natural wonder, with the waves crashing against the basalt columns that rise from the sea. Circa 1875. Titled, numbered and initialed in the negative. Mounted to a period beige stiff card mount measuring 9"h x 12"w. Image in fine, clean condition with gorgeous, rich albumen toning. $45.00

Albumen photo of Stratford-on-Avon by James Valentine ASP143-2

Beautiful albumen photograph, 5 1/4"h x 8"w (13.3 x 20.3), of a view of Stratford-on-Avon by James Valentine (1815-1879). This is one of the most recognized, and often printed, images in the Valentine series. And justifiably so, as it's a charmingly bucolic view of a peaceful English town centered around the church and fronting the wide, placid river as it winds off into the well-tended fields. Whether taken by James Valentine himself, or one of the numerous photographers employed by his firm, the maker of this particular image had a true understanding of the camera's potential. Circa 1875. Titled, numbered and initialed in the negative. Mounted to a period beige stiff card mount measuring 9"h x 12"w. Image in fine, clean condition with excellent toning. $45.00

B. W. Kilburn albumen boudoir photograph of Crawford House, White Mountains, NH ASP211-2

Albumen photograph, 4"h x 7"w (10.16 x 17.88 cm), of the Crawford House hotel in the White Mountains of New Hampshire by B. W. Kilburn. This particular iteration of the hotel was built in 1859 and further expanded over the ensuing decades until it was able to accomodate 400 guests. Once one of the "grand hotels" of the New England tourist industry, it eventually closed in 1975 and was destroyed by fire in 1977. B(enjamin) W(est) Kilburn, 1827-1909, was a highly successful photographer and publisher of stereoviews who founded his firm in Littleton, NH about 1865. Though his stereoviews are quite common his boudoir photos, such as this one, are much scarcer. Mounted to a cream colored stiff paper mount (measuring 8" h x 11" w) that has on the verso a printed gilt credit line reading "Photographed and Published by B. W. Kilburn, Littleton, NH" and a discreet contemporary ink manuscript description. Photo circa 1875-1885. Probable print date of circa 1890. In absolutely fine, clean condition with excellent, rich toning. $50.00

B. W. Kilburn albumen boudoir photo of the Union Arch Bridge ASP201-2

Albumen photograph, 4"h x 7"w (10.16 x 17.88 cm), of the Union Arch bridge in Cabin John, MD by B. W. Kilburn. Designed by Alfred Landon Reeves as part of the Washington, DC acqueduct, construction on this bridge began in 1857 with completion in 1864 by the Army Corp. of Engineers. The bridge is 450 feet long with a main arch span of 220 feet. Perhaps the two men posing under the arch were involved with the design and/or construction? B(enjamin) W(est) Kilburn, 1827-1909, was a highly successful photographer and publisher of stereoviews who founded his firm in Littleton, NH about 1865. Though his stereoviews are quite common his boudoir photos, such as this one, are much scarcer. And doubly so for this particular image. Mounted to a cream colored stiff paper mount (measuring 8" h x 11" w) that has on the verso a printed gilt credit line reading "Photographed and Published by B. W. Kilburn, Littleton, NH" and a discreet contemporary ink manuscript description. Photo circa 1865-1875. Probable print date of circa 1890. Some loss of toning to photo. Else, clean and unmarked as new. Very special. $100.00

B. W. Kilburn albumen boudoir photo of Profile Lake in Franconia Notch, NH. ASP202-2

Albumen photograph, 4"h x 7"w (10.16 x 17.88 cm), of Profile Lake in Franconia Notch, NH by B. W. Kilburn. B(enjamin) W(est) Kilburn, 1827-1909, was a highly successful photographer and publisher of stereoviews who founded his firm in Littleton, NH about 1865. Though his stereoviews are quite common his boudoir photos, such as this one, are much scarcer. Mounted to a cream colored stiff paper mount (measuring 8" h x 11" w) that has on the verso a printed gilt credit line reading "Photographed and Published by B. W. Kilburn, Littleton, NH" and a discreet contemporary ink manuscript description. Photo circa 1865-1875. Probable print date of circa 1890. Some loss of toning to photo. Else, clean and unmarked as new. $50.00

B. W. Kilburn albumen boudoir photograph of a view from Pulpit Rock, Crawford Notch ASP203-2

Albumen photograph, 4"h x 7"w (10.16 x 17.88 cm), of a view from Pulpit Rock, Crawford Notch of the cog railway winding its way through the rocks by B. W. Kilburn. B(enjamin) W(est) Kilburn, 1827-1909, was a highly successful photographer and publisher of stereoviews who founded his firm in Littleton, NH about 1865. Though his stereoviews are quite common his boudoir photos, such as this one, are much scarcer. Mounted to a cream colored stiff paper mount (measuring 8" h x 11" w) that has on the verso a printed gilt credit line reading "Photographed and Published by B. W. Kilburn, Littleton, NH" and a discreet contemporary ink manuscript description. Photo circa 1865-1875. Probable print date of circa 1890. Two very small patches of loss to photo at upper edge. Else, clean and unmarked as new with excellent toning. Very special. $75.00

B. W. Killburn albumen boudoir photo of Mt. Washington railway ASP204-2

Albumen photograph, 4"h x 7"w (10.16 x 17.88 cm), 0f the base of the Mount Washington Railway by B. W. Kilburn. B(enjamin) W(est) Kilburn, 1827-1909, was a highly successful photographer and publisher of stereoviews who founded his firm in Littleton, NH about 1865, which coincided with the building of this then-unique railroad . On a wooden platform stands the conductor and crew with possible other railroad employees, all facing the photographer for this "group portrait". In the middle distance someone is standing on the tracks whose precipitous ascent of the mountain can be seen in the background. Though his stereoviews are quite common his boudoir photos, such as this one, are much scarcer. Mounted to a cream colored stiff paper mount (measuring 8" h x 11" w) that has on the verso a printed gilt credit line reading "Photographed and Published by B. W. Kilburn, Littleton, NH" and a discreet contemporary ink manuscript description. Photo circa 1865-1875. Probable print date of circa 1890. Some loss of toning, particularly to the background. Else, in fine, clean and unmarked condition. Very special. $100.00

Boudoir albumen photograph of Mt. Lafayette by B. W. Kilburn, Littleton, NH ASP206-2

Albumen photograph, 4"h x 7"w (10.16 x 17.88 cm), of two girls standing on a road in a mountainous landscape by B. W. Kilburn. B(enjamin) W(est) Kilburn, 1827-1909, was a highly successful photographer and publisher of stereoviews who founded his firm in Littleton, NH about 1865. The two girls stand in front of a large building; most likely a hotel for tourists in this popular destination for Victorian vacationers. Mounted to a cream colored stiff paper mount (measuring 8" h x 11" w) that has on the verso a printed gilt credit line reading "Photographed and Published by B. W. Kilburn, Littleton, NH" and a discreet contemporary ink manuscript description which reads "Mt. Lafayette from Franconia, NH". Photo circa 1865-1875. Probable print date of circa 1890.Some loss of toning, particularly to the background. Else, in fine, clean and unmarked condition. $35.00

Hand colored albumen portrait of Bell Chrisman ASP190-2

Hand colored albumen studio portrait, 9"h x 7 3/4"w (23 x 19.6 cm), of a woman posing in a photographer's chair. Originally oval matted and framed, this portrait is attached to a slightly larger stiff paper mount. Note the four pin holes in the corner of the mount where the "colorist" attached the photo to their easel or working table. Whether we refer to this person as a "colorist", "artist", etc., by any name this is a masterfully done piece. Attached to the verso of the frame was a pice of paper (still extant) that reads "Aunt Bell Chrisman/Sister of George Chrisman/(Lyle Chrisman's Aunt)". Photo circa 1870. In clean, excellent condition with colors fresh as new. Very special. $250.00

Gelatin silver portrait of a child by Jeanne E. Bennett, Baltimore ASP191-2

Warm toned gelatin silver portrait, 7 1/2"h x 5 3/4"w (19 x 14.6 cm), of a child holding a stuffed toy animal. From the studio of Baltimore photographer Jeanne E. Bennett, active 1900-1925. Mounted to a slightly larger piece of deckled paper bearing the photographer's stamped name and address (under photo) and colored monogram in lower right corner. In clean, superb condition with beautiful toning. $50.00

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