''GYAN BÂPEE' OR WELL OF KNOWLEDGE, BENARES'
albumen print from wet collodion negative, mounted, titled in ink on the mount, circa 1867
11 by 9⅛ in. (27.9 by 23.2 cm.)
Grading this albumen print on a scale of 1 to 10 – a 10 being a print with deep brown dark tones and cream-toned highlights that retain all of their original detail – this print rates an 8-9. The darkest areas of the print retain a rich chocolate brown tonality and the highlights remain bright, with the exception of some slight yellowing at the right and left edges.
The overall condition of the print is very good. In raking light, the following are visible: numerous scuffs, scratches, small impressions, and silvering at the edges. The print is on a paper mount with an irregularly trimmed left edge, possibly removed from an album. The mount is lightly soiled and the left and right edges are gently rippled. It is annotated in an unidentified hand '1173' and titled ''Gyan Bâpee' or Well of Knowledge, Benares' in ink.
On the reverse, 'SB/1002' is annotated in an unidentified hand in pencil.
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