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Francis Frith on Sale Now at Auction

Francis Frith (1822-1898)  Please Register/Login to access your Invaluable Alerts

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Description: mammoth-plate albumen print, signed and dated '1858' in the negative, on a gilt-edged mount, title in letterpress on the mount, framed, 1857-58

Condition Report: Grading this albumen print on a scale of 1 to 10 - a 10 being a print that has rich, deep dark tones and highlights that retain all of their original detail - this print rates a 9. There is no fading of the subtly modulated tones, which range from bright, creamy highlights to rich, chocolate dark tones. The density and details of the pyramids, however, are rendered somewhat light in this print. As has been seen in other prints from 'Egypt, Sinai and Jerusalem,' in the upper portion of the image, horizontal striations and creasing are visible only upon very close examination in high raking light. This may be a result of how the print was originally mounted and does not appear to be a condition of its age. Also visible when the print is examined closely are the following: 2 tiny, dark, opaque deposits of indeterminate nature to the left of the right-most pyramid; an isolated area of faint soiling in the upper central portion of the image; and a small diagonal crease that is barely discernible in the left-most pyramid. There is a very small loss to the lower left tip of the image. The photograph is on a heavy paper mount with gilt edges. There is a large light rust-colored tideline along the left mount edge and small areas of dampstaining along the upper edge; this does not affect the print. Some light soiling, foxing, and age-darkening are visible on the front and reverse of the mount.In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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