large-format, the photographer's monogram in ink on the image, signed 'P. Dubreuil, M. L. S. P.,' titled, numbered 'No. 4,' and annotated '28 Rue Delocht, Bruxelles' in pencil, and with an 'Association Belge de Photographie et Cinématographie' label on the reverse, 1912, printed circa 1937
15½ by 11½ in. (39.4 by 29.2 cm.)
This impressive large-format print, on double-weight paper with a surface sheen, is in generally excellent condition. When examined closely in raking light, the following are visible: a 1/2-inch linear impression in the lower right quadrant; 2 small scuffs in the upper right quadrant; and faint silvering in the darkest areas at the periphery. The lower left and right corners are creased. There are some losses along the black lower edge which have been retouched.
There is some very minor soiling on the reverse. The following are written in an unidentified hand on the reverse: 'D - 12 - 4' in blue crayon and 'PF 38703' in pencil.
When examined under ultraviolet light, this photograph does not appear to fluoresce.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Antwerp, 11 International Kerstsalon, January 1938
Brussels, Association Belge de Photographie et Cinématographie, 1938
Made in the mid-1930s, the large-format print offered here presents an imaginative new rendering of the negative for Au Luxembourg, Dubreuil’s celebrated image from 1912. At the time of this writing, no other print of this image in this enlarged format has been located.