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Brahms, Johannes
EXCEPTIONALLY LARGE PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED ON THE MOUNT ("ZU FREUNDLICHER ERINNERUNG AN WIEN UND AN JOHANNES BRAHMS"), SHOWING THE GREAT COMPOSER IN EARLY SIXTIES
c.57.5 x 46.5cm, albumen print by C. Brasch of Berlin, photographer's device stamped to lower corner ("C. Brasch, Berlin W. 1897."), contemporary wood frame with sculpted gilt edges and corner bosses, glazed (overall size: c.91.5 x 75.5cm), 1897 
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Catalogue Note

This is the largest photograph of a great composer that Sotheby's has ever offered at auction.  Although dated 1897, this image shows the composer in 1889, the time of Brasch's celebrated "Triplex" photographs, and may derive from the same sitting: compare Brahms-Institut Inv. No. ABH 1.7.1.39 (a cabinet photograph with the image reversed) 

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