Félix Méheux (French, 1838-1908)
Portrait of a Surgical Patient, Hôpital St. Louis, c. 1900. Identified as "F. MÉHEUX" in print annotation on the paperboard support l.r., print annotation "Hôpital S. Louis-Dr. MORESTIN" l.l. Albumen print, image size 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (29.2 x 21.6 cm), unframed.
Condition: Mounted to paperboard support, extremely minor cracking l.l. and l.r., scattered minor rubs/scrapes largely visible in raking light, extremely minute loss to l.l. corner; toning, scattered tack holes, and minor losses to edges of paperboard.
Provenance: Bonhams, SoMa estate auction, March 16, 2008, Lot 2317.
N.B. The portrait is of a patient who underwent facial reconstructive surgery around 1900. Méheux was a photographer and colorist at the Hôpital Saint-Louis in Paris from 1884 to 1904, documenting physical symptoms of various diseases and dermatological/reconstructive procedures of Dr. Hippolyte Morestin and others. His photographs were reproduced in medical journals to educate and enhance clinical research.
Paperboard support size: 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 inches. Tack holes are to the paperboad support and not within the image, surface grime to edges of paperboard support, inscribed "17" in pencil to the l.r. on the recto, inscribed "PP12972/P20,81/1800-" in pencil on the verso, two small areas where the top layer of the paperboard support surface has been stripped away on the verso, likely from a previous sticker or adhered label, see condition photos.
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