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Collection of 4 mounted albumen prints by George Washington Wilson

Wilson, George Washington (Photographs by)

Published by NP, NP, 1880
Condition: g to vg
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Collection of four original albumen print views of 1880s London splendidly captured by pioneer Scottish photographer George Washington Wilson.* Each print measures 11 3/8 x 7 1/2" (mount: 16 3/8 x 14"), and is captioned and initialed in the plate. The views are the following: - London Bridge: North-facing view across London Bridge in the City of London. - Trafalgar Square, with Nelson's Column dominating the view. This photograph can be exactly dated as a horse-drawn omnibus with an advertisement for Hervé's opéra bouffe "Chilpéric" playing at the Empire Theatre is seen at the fore-ground. The piece was adapted by H. B. Farnie at the Empire Theatre in 1884.- The Bank of England: Carriages and pedestrians crowd Princes Street and Threadneedle Street in front of the Bank of England. - The Horse Guards, Whitehall.Minor to moderate chipping at lower left margin of mounts (not affecting images). A 6/8" closed tear at upper margin of the London Bridge plate (not affecting image). Mounts slightly age-toned along edges. Mounts in overall good- to good, albument prints in very good condition. * George Washington Wilson (1823-1893) established a popular photographic studio in Aberdeen in 1848. In 1873 he received a Royal Warrant as photographer to Queen Victoria. By the 1880s he had built up a substantial business that was one of the world's largest publishers of topographic views, producing thousands of stereocards, cartes de visite and albumen prints. Although the photographs were usually marked with George Washington Wilson's initials, many were actually taken by assistants like Charles Wilson (1865-1958), his son. Throughout his professional life, Wilson demonstrated technical and commercial acumen, and, by the early 1880s, the company he founded had become the largest and best-known photographic and printing firm in Scotland. Wilson handed the business over to his sons, Charles, Louis and John in 1888. The company, however, only survived for a short time under the management of Wilson's sons, with much of the company being sold in 1905 and the company finally ceasing trading in 1908. Bookseller Inventory # 40313

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Title: Collection of 4 mounted albumen prints by ...

Publisher: NP, NP

Publication Date: 1880

Binding: Original photographs

Book Condition:g to vg

Edition: Original photographs.

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Since 1985 we offer individual books for sale from our inventory of 150,000 rare, out-of-print and antiquarian volumes on many topics, with an emphasis on Judaica, Hebraica, Bibles and rabbinics, the fine and decorative arts, architecture, photography, textile and wallpaper sample books, Bauhaus and the avant garde, expressionist dance, Olympic Games and sport, the ancient near-east and archeology, erotica, illustrated and foreign-language books, especially German, Yiddish, Polish and Hebrew, as well as books from the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich, plus Russian constructivist materials. We create book collections, both large and small, for individuals, decorators, archives and libraries¿currently available: a 10,000-volume research collection on Judaica in the German language. In addition, we maintain a beguiling selection of original works of art and photography. Eric Chaim Kline provides appraisal services for estate, insurance and tax purposes, often helping to match book donors with libraries and museums. We purchase books of merit and entire collections; we also take books on consignment with favorable terms. We are a rental source for movie and tv production, occasionally providing the prop on which the plot turns. Traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe, Eric Chaim Kline has been buying and selling old and rare books since the 1980¿s, when in graduate school at Brandeis University. Proprietor of bookshops in several Los Angeles locations since 1985, he hosts visitors by appointment in our lively bookstore and ships books to collectors, libraries and museums worldwide. Kline occasionally lectures on topics in book collecting and Jewish studies. He sponsors the annual Bibliography Award granted by the Association of Jewish Libraries and serves on the national board of the Antiquarian Booksellers¿ Association of America. We welcome your inquiries.

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