London, South Kensington
11 May 2001
HENRY FRERES [PAUL (1848-1905) AND PROSPER (1849-1903)]
Photographie d'une portion de Cassiopée
Albumen print. 1886. Titled, dated 4 November 1886 and annotated Observatoire de Paris in ink on the mount.
12¼ x 9½ in. (31.1 x 24.1 cm.)
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See: Bajac et al, Dans le champ des étoiles, Les photographes et le Ciel 1850-2000, p. 77 and pp. 132-134; and Jeffrey, Revisions: an alternative history of photography, pp. 48-51 for other examples from the same series.
Paul and Prosper Henry were astronomers and photographers at the Paris Observatory. The first photographically based map of the stars had been made in the Paris Observatory in 1874 and the Henry brothers began working on a more extensive mapping of the heavens in the late 1880s, a task which was to prove interminable as each new gain in technology resulted in more stars becoming visible through the lens.
This is an unusually large print from this series.
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