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January 22, 2016 12:00 PMCalender

John Beasley Greene (American, 1832-1856) River Bank, Algeria

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Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2877BLocation: BostonDate / Time: January 22, 2016 12:00PM


John Beasley Greene (American, 1832-1856)

River Bank, Algeria, 1855-56. Albumenized salt print from a waxed paper negative, image/sheet size 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. (24.6 x 29.9 cm),matted, unframed.
Condition: Minor discoloration of sheet on the verso.

N.B. John Beasley Greene was a French-born American archaeologist, who studied with the photographer Gustave Le Gray, creating views of Paris, still lifes, and landscapes using the waxed paper negative process. In 1853 at the age of twenty-one, he embarked on an expedition to Egypt and Nubia to photograph the land and document monuments and their inscriptions.

In 1855 Greene, who suffered from poor health, visited Algeria with its favorable climate at the recommendation of his doctors. There he pursued his interest in landscape photography, exploiting light to accentuate the surfaces and textures of the rocks and foliage, to create subtle gradations of tone, and to soften lines and contours. Greene died in Egypt, reportedly in Cairo, in November of 1856, most likely of tuberculosis.
Estimate $3,000-5,000

Very minor handling crimp/crease l.c. between rock formations. No additional issues to report.

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John Beasley Greene, B. John Beasley Greene, Egypt, France, Cairo, Algeria, Paris