GUSTAVE LE GRAY
1820 - 1884
The Brig, 1856
Albumen print, mounted on original board. With photographer's facsimile signature in red ink in the image and the photographer's blind stamp on board recto. Mounted. Unframed
image: 32 by 41.5cm., 12 by 16¾in.
board: 51 by 62.5cm., 20¼ by 24¾in.
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This albumen print is in good condition. Tones warm and purplish, and not yellowed as catalogue image portrays. Board with light foxing spots and general age toning throughout surface and some tiny holes and a couple of small water stains along lower edge; a cut and a fine crease line along right edge; all of which non affecting image and as expected with material of this age. Slight discoloration in lower part of print, some faint water stains in upper half of print, visible in close inspection. Some light scuffing, retouching marks and a couple of foxing spots, hardly noticeable and only in raking light. Despite these tiny imperfections, an iconic and rich image.
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