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Inventory # HO20520-E19007-031

Henry Peach Robinson
1830 - 1901 British

Portfolio of Thirteen Photographic Images, 1862-1887
prints
on verso signed by the printer Howard Grey, editioned 2/45, inscribed in Roman Numerals with the image number and stamped with the Photographic Collections LTD blindstamp
30 x 46 in  76.2 x 116.8cm

Provenance:
Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto

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In the 1970s, Photographic Collections Limited was formed with the intent of producing high quality photographic portfolios that highlighted the work of British photography for an international market. This portfolio was released in 1975. 19th Century photographer Henry Peach Robinson was a pictorialist, and a leading pioneer in the production of composite photographs - a precursor to photomontage. His work offered an alternative vision of what photography was. This was in sharp contrast to the popular understanding of the photograph as unmediated truth captured in an instant. Robinsonís photographs portray scenes which were heavily mediated, and composed, and which most importantly never actually happened.

This portfolio of Henry Peach Robinsonís work was an ambitious project produced in conjunction with The Royal Photographic Society, using the original large glass plate negatives and the superior printing skills of Howard Grey. To mimic the tonality of the original combination prints, Printing out Paper was special-ordered from Kodak. The prints were gold-toned for permanence and mounted to museum board for display. Complete with a handmade booklet including essays by Professor Margaret Harker and noted historian Ian Jeffries, the intention was to produce 45 numbered portfolio sets, as well as six Artist Proofs. The exacting standards of the production proved more difficult than imagined, and only 30 sets were created before the paper supply ran out. A few prestigious institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London managed to purchase portfolios for their permanent collections. Records indicate that fewer than 30 portfolios were created, which remained in fine art storage until recently.

This portfolio is comprised of thirteen gold-toned contact prints made on Kodak Studio Proof paper, one Collotype print, and one handmade booklet, housed together in a custom four-flap case. The portfolio is editioned 2/45 and was published by Photographic Collections Ltd. in 1975. The contacts were printed by Howard Grey using Robinson's original negatives. The prints are mounted individually or as a group to 30 x 46 inch Bainbridge four-ply all rag white museum board. Each board is signed by the printer, stamped with the blindstamp and annotated with the portfolio image number in pencil on verso. The ten page booklet contains a letter-pressed image list, biographical notes by Professor Margaret Harker and critical notes by Iain Jeffrey.

Please note: this work is unframed.

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a) Title Page

23 x 16 in  58.4 x 40.6cm



b) Booklet

23 x 16 in  58.4 x 40.6cm



c) Booklet Verso

23 x 16 in  58.4 x 40.6cm



d) I "Dawn and Sunset," 1885

30 x 46 in  76.2 x 116.8cm



e) II "When the Day's Work is Done," 1885

One composite image printed from six original negatives in three printings


f) III "Carolling," 1887

One Composite image printed from four original negatives in three pringtings
30 x 46 in  76.2 x 116.8cm



g) IV "Bringing Home the May," 1862

One composite image printed from nine negatives in nine printings
30 x 46 in  76.2 x 116.8cm



h) V-VII

Three of nine individual images forming parts of "Bringing Home the May," 1862
30 x 46 in  76.2 x 116.8cm



i) VIII-IX Two of nine individual images forming parts of "Bringing Home the May," 1862

Two of nine individual images forming parts of "Bringing Home the May," 1862
30 x 46 in  76.2 x 116.8cm



j) X-XI

Two of nine individual images forming parts of "Bringing Home the May," 1862
30 x 46 in  76.2 x 116.8cm



k) XII-XIII

Two of nine individual images forming parts of "Bringing Home the May," 1862
30 x 46 in  76.2 x 116.8cm



l) XIV Sketch for "Carolling"

Collotype print of Robinson's original pencil sketch for "Carolling"
30 x 46 in  76.2 x 116.8cm



m) Portfolio Case

30 1/2 x 46 in  77.5 x 116.8cm

 

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