'ROSE TRÉMIERE' (HOLLYHOCK)
albumen print, titled and numbered '846' in pencil on the reverse, circa 1900 (The Work of Atget, Volume I, pl. 24)
8½ by 7 in. (21.6 by 17.8 cm.)
Grading this albumen print on a scale of 1 to 10 - a 10 being a print that has rich, deep dark tones and highlights that retain all their original detail - this print rates an 8. The darkest areas are a rich chocolate brown. The left portion of the image appears lighter in tonality than the right; this may be a feature of the negative and not specific to this print.
This photograph is in overall very good condition. The highlights appear somewhat yellow along the left edge and there is a thin band of fading along the lower edge. Silvering is visible in the dark areas along the left and right edges.
There are handling creases, as well as soft diagonal impressions in the upper and lower right corners. Upon close examination, there is a 1/4-inch diagonal scratch that may break the emulsion in the upper right corner.
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