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John Beasley Greene (American, 1832-1856) View of Terrain near Gebel Abousir, Second Cataract, Egypt

Auction:
3010B
Lot:
124
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$1,845$1,500

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Auction:
American & European Works of Art - 3010B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
May 19, 2017 12:00PM

Description:

John Beasley Greene (American, 1832-1856)

View of Terrain near Gebel Abousir, Second Cataract, Egypt, c. 1853-55. Signed "J.B. Greene" in the negative l.r. Salt print from a waxed paper negative, image/sheet size 9 1/8 x 11 in. (23.2 x 28.0 cm), unmatted, unframed.
Condition: Lightly faded, 1/8 inch tears in c.r. and l.l. edges, scattered minor handling crimps, subtle chemical stain or similar u.r., lightly soiled on the verso.

Provenance: A private Massachusetts collection.

N.B. John Beasley Greene was a French-born American archaeologist who studied with the photographer Gustave Le Gray. In 1853 and again in 1854-55, he traveled to Egypt and Nubia to photograph the land and document monuments and their inscriptions. Like this view, many of the resulting landscapes are quite barren, with natural formations depicted with subtle tones and muted details.
Estimate $2,000-3,000


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Keywords

Gustave Le Gray, B. John Beasley Greene, Second Cataract, Egypt, France, Abusir, Ancient Egypt, Bodies of water, Cataracts of the Nile, Gebel, Geography of Africa, John Beasley Greene, Nubia

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