a group of 3 photographs, comprising Wife of Painter Peter Abelen, Farm Girls, and Secretary at a Radio Station, each with the photographer’s 'Aug. Sander Köln–Lindenthal’ blindstamp on the image, on a modern mount, framed, circa 1927, printed by Gunther Sander from his father's negative circa 1965 (Citizens of the Twentieth Century, pp. 19, 188, and 191) (3)
Various sizes to 13½ by 9⅝ in. (34.3 by 24.4 cm.)
These prints, on semi-glossy paper, exhibit a full, rich range of tones, including inky blacks, bright whites, and lush midtones. The images are printed full frame and irregular black margins and inscriptions on the negative are visible in several places along the edges of the prints. When examined under ultraviolet light, these photographs appear to very faintly fluoresce. Each photograph was conserved by Jose Orraca in 1987. They were removed from their original mounts and drymounted to modern mounts at that time. Treatment reports are available by request.
Farm Girls, ca. 1928: 13 1/2 by 9 5/8 in.
When examined in raking light, there is a very small matte deposit and a few barely discernible raised areas in the center of the image.
Wife of Painter Peter Abelen, ca. 1927: 11 5/8 by 9 7/8 in.
The following are visible upon close inspection: very faint scuffs; shallow vertical cracks visible primarily in the lower right quadrant and the blindstamp (many of which appear to break the emulsion); a crease in the upper left margin extending slightly into the image that may have been expertly retouched; and a few circular matte deposits in the lower right quadrant, possibly also retouching.
Secretary at a Radio Station, 1931: 12 by 8 1/2 in.
There is a long horizontal crack across the upper portion of the image. This area, likely retouched, is matte in raking light, rendering the crack quite inconspicuous when the photograph is viewed framed. There is a faint, crescent-shaped crack emanating from the center left edge that terminates in the sitter's cigarette. This crack appears to break the emulsion and may also have been expertly retouched. Under very close examination, the following are visible: several pinpoint-sized impressions throughout the image; a few matte deposits to the right of the sitter's shoulder and on the left arm; and a few fingerprints in the lower right quadrant.
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