• The Miller-Plummer Collection  auction at Christies

    Sale 2279

    The Miller-Plummer Collection of Photographs

    8 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 616

    ALPHONSE POITEVIN (1819-1882)

    Man drinking (Reproduction of an engraving), 1855

    Price Realised  

    ALPHONSE POITEVIN (1819-1882)
    Man drinking (Reproduction of an engraving), 1855
    photolithograph
    printed signature, date and medium 'héliographie' (in the margin); accompanied by the original copper plate from which the image was struck
    3½ x 2 7/8in. (8.7 x 7.3cm.)


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    Alphonse Poitevin was a French chemist, photographer and civil engineer who discovered the light sensitive properties of bichromated gelatin and invented both the photolithography and collotype processes. Poitevin's work is extraordinarily rare - all the more so here because lot 82 also includes the original copper plate from which the image was struck.

    Provenance

    The Estate of Alphonse Poitevin;
    with Alain Paviot, Paris; acquired c. 1981


    Literature

    Particulars, pl. 59, p. 21


    Exhibited

    George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, Particulars, 1983