[FRANCE — TRAVEL AND SPORTING PHOTOGRAPHY] — ANNE DE ROCHECHOUART DE MORTEMART, DUCHESS OF UZÈS. 'CHASSE À COURRE EN FRANCE (STAG HUNTING IN FRANCE). PAD'. FRANCE: CA. 1902
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- 'Chasse à Courre en France (Stag Hunting in France). Pad'. France: ca. 1902
- Paper, ink, leather
Oblong folio (10 x 12 5/16 in.; 255 x 312mm). Title-page hand-lettered in red and silver, 77 albumen prints (from 4 5/16 x 2 7/8 in.; 110 x 73mm, to 6 11/16 x 4 9/16 in.; 170 x 115mm), some trimmed to roundels, mounted on stiff gray album leaves, many captioned in French; on or two stray spots affecting images, some minor toning to prints, one or two closed tears to album leaves, minor toning to margins of leaves. Full dark green reptile-textured cloth over boards, dark blue endpapers; joints worn, with some fraying near head and tail of spine.
A remarkable collection of photographs, offering a full and informal glimpse into one of Europe's preeminent hunting parties.Anne de Rochechouart de Mortemart, Duchess of Uzès, was the great granddaughter of Philippe Clicquot-Muiron, and heir to the Veuve Clicquot champagne fortune. The stag hunt depicted in this album took place around 1902, and was hosted by the Dowager Duchess of Uzès, at the Château de Bonnelles. The Château—the favorite residence of the Duchess—had been an important hunting center for decades, with its owner an active participant in the sport. The title-page of the album features a photo of the Duchess on the hunt, galloping down a lane with an air of authority and purpose. The Château was famous for such gatherings, and the Duchess counted the Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia and Grand Duchess Marie, Queen Amélie of Portugal, King Constantine I of Greece, the Shah of Persia Ahmed, and many others among her guests.