Considered one of the finest female pictorial photographers of her day, Cambridge (MA) Camera Club member Mary Devens (1857-1920) was a master of many photographic processes, but excelled in producing gum (bichromate) prints before her fading eyesight prevented her from continuing in photography after about 1905. This study of a gentleman sporting a beret was taken from a gum print.
This vintage hand-pulled photogravure was printed on a light-blue art paper support for the July, 1902 issue of Camera Notes. (vol. 6 no. 1) At the time, this groundbreaking journal of photography was the organ of The New York Camera Club. Charcoal Effect From A "Gum" Print by Mary Devens of Boston appeared within its' pages while Alfred Stieglitz still edited the journal.
Slight sunning to margins; marginal losses to left side of plate where it had been removed from journal. Original tissue guard printed in red ink giving credit to photographer and title of work still glued along left plate margin. Please inspect both photographs with listing. (please email if you require additional photos)
support: 27.8 x 20.3 cm
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