London, South Kensington
22 November 1996
Julia Margaret Cameron
'The Kiss of Peace', 1869, printed by J.B. Obernetter circa 1886
Photogravure (Lictkupferdruck) , image size 10¾ x 8½ in., signed Druck v. J. B. Obernetter, inscribed in ink within the plate mark From Life Registered Photograph copyright Julia Margaret Cameron printed Imperishable Carbon process, tissue guard.
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This image was also reprinted in 1890 for Sun Artists, where the top of the print is arched. See exhibition catalogue, International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House Cameron: Her Work and Career, 1986.
The scientist Johann Baptist Obernetter (1840-1887) studied photography under Professor Kayser and opened his own studio. From the 1860s-80s he worked on chemical processes in plate-making and photogravure and invented the Lichtkupferdruk process a year before his death.
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