mural-sized carbon print, credited 'Gambier Bolton F. R. G. S.' and titled in the negative, flush-mounted to linen, in an old, possibly original, frame, circa 1890
30 by 40 in. (76.2 by 101.6 cm.)
This commanding early carbon print has deep brown tones and warm, creamy highlights. The work exhibits wear that is consistent with age, including the following: several glossy areas, possibly glass offsetting, in the upper right quadrant, the most prominent of which is in the lion's mane; several creases, mostly near the edges and in the right portion of the image; and minor craquelure, mostly in the upper portion. There is a deposit of inexpert retouching in the lower left quadrant. There is edge wear, likely from contact with the frame. The sheet is faintly rippled, primarily noticeable at the upper left and right edges.
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