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JAMES ANDERSON Pair of Original 1850's Silver Albumen Prints from Glass Plates


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    A truly rare and spectacular find, this pair of original silver albumen prints circa 1850’s titled “Augustos” and “Ceres” depict two Ancient Roman sculptures. “Augustus of Prima Porta” circa 1st century AD shows a glorified Augustus Caesar. “Ceres” honors the goddess of fertility, motherhood, and agriculture. Created from glass plates, striking contrast and alluring shadows capture these famed Roman works. Newly framed in high quality museum grade materials in order to preserve these rare antique prints.


    About the Photographer:
    James Anderson (1813-1877)
    , born Isaac Atkinson in Scotland, moved to Rome in 1838 after studying painting in Paris under the name William Nugent Dunbar. Shortly after establishing a sculpting career in Rome, he opened a photography studio in 1853. Skilled at reproductions, Anderson also specialized in photographing sculptures and antiquities. His preferred methodology was albumen prints with glass plate negatives.


    About the Process: 
    The Albumen Print process was originally published in 1847 by Louis Desire Blanquart-Evrard. An emulsion of egg whites and salt coats a cotton page and dries to seal the paper and create a glossy sheen. A coat of silver nitrate is applied to create a UV sensitive surface. It is fried before being placed under a glass plate negative and exposed to UV rays. The light passes through the glass until the image on the paper achieves its ideal level of darkness. Stabilizers are then applied to stop the exposure process. This method was the first commercially exploitable photographic printing process, helping its popularity. Also, because the image was held within the albumen layer and not within the fibers of the paper itself, the contrast was richer and the detail greater.


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    ZKSA 227

  • Product condition

    Excellent condition, rare for photographs this age to be in this pristine of condition.

  • Product Size

    16.5"W x 19.5"H