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Auction: Photography: The First 150 Years
was auctioned on: 9 March 2018
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Photography: The First 150 Years

Estimate: £250 - £350
ca. US$346 - US$484
Price realised:  n. a.
Lot number 228, Views: 38

A rare group of 5 bromoil transfer studies of central Scotland, c. 1905-1940, printed on various paper and cardstock, titled and signed in pencil to lower margin (two untitled and one unsigned), largest size 310 x 212mm, smallest size 155 x 120mm Alexander Wilson Hill FRPS (1867-1949) was one of the acknowledged masters of pictorial photography in the period 1905-1940, using the bromoil transfer process. A keen amateur photographer, he lectured widely on the process, and his work was highly respected even in his lifetime. Shortly before his death, he ruthlessly edited his huge collection of images, burning those he believed were not to his exacting standards. Thus, the prints which survive, are those with which he was completely satisfied. His work can be found in the collections of, amongst others, the National Library of Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland and St Andrews University Special Collections. The images offered here were gifted to John Hannavy from two sources: Hill's son, Professor Sir Iain George Wilson Hill (1905-1982) in the late 1970s, and art and photography collector Erich Sommer (d. 2004) in the mid 1980s. Image titles: 1. A Summer Evening, Leith, 169 x 215mm; 2. 'A Stiff Pull' Cramond, 310 x 212mm; 3. A Corner of Cramond, 208 x 153mm; 4. Harbour Office, Crail, 223 x 165mm; 5. Canal Barges, Edinburgh, 129 x 195mm. From the collection of John Hannavy. (5)

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Dominic Winter Auctioneers, Mallard House
Title: Photography: The First 150 Years
Date of the auction: 9 Mar 2018
Address: Dominic Winter Auctioneers, Mallard House
Broadway Lane, South Cerney, Nr Cirencester
GL75UQ Gloucestershire
United Kingdom
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