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Auction Description for Christie's: PHOTOGRAPHS

PHOTOGRAPHS

by Christie's


304 lots with images

April 18, 2002

20 Rockefeller Plaza

New York, NY, 10020 USA

Phone: (212) 636-2000

Fax: (212) 636-2399

Email: info@christies.com

EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE (1830-1904)

Lot 1: EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE (1830-1904)

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Description: Selected Motion Studies 32 collotype plates from Animal Locomotion: An Electro-Photographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animal Movements, 1872-1885, published under the auspices of the University of Pennsylvania, 1887. Each with letterpress credit, series title, plate number and copyright reproduction limitation in the margin. Varying sizes from 41/4 x 171/2in. (11.5 x 44.5cm.) to 8 3/8 x 14in. (21.2 x 35.5cm.) (32).

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DAVID OCTAVIUS HILL (1802-1870) AND ROBERT ADAMSON (1821-1848)

Lot 2: DAVID OCTAVIUS HILL (1802-1870) AND ROBERT ADAMSON (1821-1848)

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Description: Jeannie Wilson, New Haven Fisher Lass Calotype. Circa 1844. 7 7/8 x 51/2in. (20 x 14cm.), tipped to the mount. Framed. LITERATURE See: Ford and Strong, An Early Victorian Album, the Hill and Adamson Collection, p. 178 (variant).

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FRANK HURLEY (1885-1962)

Lot 3: FRANK HURLEY (1885-1962)

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Description: Return of the sun after the long winter darkness (S.Y. Endurance in the Weddell Sea) Carbon print. 1915. Signed, dated Oct. 1917 and inscribed To my friends Jackson and Cook in remembrance of some happy days by E. H. Shackleton in ink on the mount. 191/4 x 151/4in. (48.9 x 38.8cm.) Framed. LITERATURE See: Shackleton, South, p. 57; Murphy, South with "Endurance", Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917, The Photographs of Frank Hurley, pp. 132 and 273. NOTES An Australian by birth, Hurley's career as a polar photograper began with Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1914. The resulting images of the adverse weather conditions and his film Home of the Blizzard so impressed Sir Ernest Shackleton that Hurley was invited forthwith to join Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition as official photographer. Although Shackleton aimed to make the first crossing of the Antarctic from the Weddell to Ross Seas via the South Pole, the expedition ship Endurance was almost immediately beset by ice in the Weddell Sea in January 1915, eventually sinking in November 1915. The "siege" of the ice-bound Endurance provided Hurley with the most powerful subject-matter of his career and the Return of the Sun After Long Winter Darkness is, arguably, the most dramatic of the series. That the photographs exist at all is remarkable. Hurley was forced to dive down to the submerged ship to retrieve his glass-plate negatives. The expedition film and glass plate negatives - of which 120 survived from the 400 retrieved by the intrepid Hurley - are now held jointly by the Royal Geographical Society, London and the National Library of Australia, Canberra.

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UNKNOWN MAKER

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Description: Post-mortem; and Post-mortem with mother 1 quarter-plate daguerreotype and 1 sixth-plate daguerreotype. Circa 1850. Leather cases. (2).

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Description: Tinsmith Sixth-plate daguerreotype. Circa 1850. Leather case.

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