This rare hand-pulled photogravure showing the interesting perspective of the rear of a horse-drawn carriage on rain-slicked cobblestones along London's Oxford Street was taken by English photographer George Davison. It was printed on Japan paper and included as part of the commemorative work: Kodak Portfolio: Souvenir of the Eastman Photographic Exhibition 1897. The plate is further important as having been prepared and printed by noted Scottish photographer James Craig Annan. Further details on this photograph and exhibition follow this listing.
Excellent, with subtle age-toning to all margins.
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image size: 10.5 x 7.0 cm
support: 23.1 x 15.2 cm
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Titled "Oxford Street - A Wet Day" in the portfolio, the following account was printed on separate letterpress, which will accompany the photograph as part of its' purchase:
“It is well known to most photographers that subjects which in blazing sunlight, or under ordinary conditions, would give very prosaic photographs, may, under special atmospheric conditions, yield very pictorial effects. The example appended is the result of an attempt to take advantage of the softening effects of atmosphere on a wet day, and of the picturesqueness lent by reflections and concentration of the light. The photograph is from a 5 by 4 film negative, taken in a No. 4 Cartridge Kodak.”
About the 1897 Exhibit
In 1897, the creeping global colossus known as the Eastman Kodak Company in America and the Eastman Photographic Materials Co., Ltd. in England hitched their wagon to the growing interest in international photographic exhibitions by putting on the largest one of its type that year in London.
Organized by prominent English pictorial photographer George Davison, (1856-1930) himself a founding member of the British Linked Ring and perhaps more importantly, the Director of the Eastman Photographic Materials Company in England, the exhibit drew 25,000 photographic entries from all over the world. Prize money of $3000.00 was the incentive.