London, South Kensington
30 April 1997
BARON ALEXIS DE LAGRANGE
'Arcade Musulman Dans l'enceinte du Koutoub, près de Dehli, Hindoustan', circa 1849, printed circa 1851
Blanquart-Evrard-process print from a waxed paper negative, 6 7/8 x 8½ in., mounted on card within gilt border, printed title, number 15, credit Imprimerie Photographique de Blanquart Evrard, à Lille and with part blindstamp Album Photographique de l'Artiste et de l'Amateur] on mount, matted.
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Jammes, Blanquart-Evrard, p. 138, pl. 15
Baron de Lagrange was one of the first European photographers to travel to India where he used the wet paper negative process invented by Louis-Desiré Blanquart-Evrard. En route to India he met Maxime de Camp in Egypt where he was struggling with the dry waxed paper process. De Lagrange suggested that he use the other method which would be easier to work with in the heat of Egypt. Du Camp followed this advice and produced his memorable series of views using this technique.
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