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A W Elson & Co

Belmont, Boston

Background

A W Elson & Co were based at 146 Olive Street, Boston around 1900.  The company made photogravure plates and were plate printers.  They also produced carbon prints.

A book on the company titled:  A.W. Elson and company: makers of photogravure plates and plate printers was published around 1904.

A copy of the title page, together with examples of their photogravures, including several photos of the company's works can be found on the Trove web site.  (Key  TROVE ELSON into Google to find the page.)

Print for Sale

The Pot of Gold Antiques web site is currently (at February 2008) selling an A W Elson print (No 16 below). 

I have reproduced the details from the Pot of Gold Antiques web site here in case the page on that site vanishes in the event of the print being sold or withdrawn:    A W Elson Carbon Print For Sale.  This page also includes some background comments about the company, A W Elson.

A Few Questions
and far fewer answers!

Below are a number of questions that I have been asked about the work of A W Elson & Co, Boston.

They refer to the following pictures.  Please click on one of the subjects below, or scroll down to see them all:

1.  Abraham Lincoln

2.  John White Alexander

3.  John White Alexander (again)

4.  Boyhood of Raleigh

5.  Cornwallis Surrender

6.  Dartmouth College

7.  Indian

8.  Indian and the Lily

9.  Paintings by Kever

10.  The Little Rose of Lyme Regis

11.  Martha Washington

12.  Portrait by Finx

13.  Presentation in the Temple

14   Shakespeare's Birthplace

15.  Soldier by Fireplace

16.  Spirit of '76

17.  The Sower

18.  [unknown subject]

19.  California Spanish Missions

20.  Yardale

21.  By the River

22.  Friend of the Humble

23.  George Washington's Home

24.  The Coming Storm

25.  Betsy Ross sewing the First American Flag.

26.  Ann Hathaway's Cottage

27.  River and Church - where?
      
 -
Answer: Stratford on Avon

28.  a)  Wake Up

b)  Madonna and Saints

29.  Boys of the Shell or

       Children of the Shell

30.  Deer in the Forest Twilight

31.  George Washington

32.  Washington and Lincoln

33.  [Painting with two dogs]

34.  [Photo; formal dress and coaches]

35.  Mount Robson  Print of an Ansel Adams photograph

36.  a)  Martha Washington

      b)  George Washington

      c)  Sam Davis

      d)  Grant, Cornwall Jackson

      e)  Washington's home

37.  Spring

38.   a)  George Washington

         b)  Martha Washington

39.   Minuteman Statue, Concord, Mass.

40.  The Capitol, Washington

41.  The Room where Shakespeare was born

42.  Native Americans and Ships
        - Answer: The Coming of the White Man (Geo Reid)

43.  The Garden of Ann Hathaway's Cottage
       
 - Answer 1:  On eBay: Buy it now £115.34.  Sale ends Jan 14, 2012

         - Answer 2:  On eBay: Buy it now £79.64.  Sale ends Sep, 15 2012

Questions and Answers

If you can help to provide answers to any of the questions below,  please email me so that I can pass on details to the owners of the photos.

                          Thank you.

-  Peter Stubbs

Questions and Answers

Update 1

Over the last few years, I have received lots of questions about A W Elson prints, but very few answers.

So, I really don't think it is going to be worthwhile adding more questions or A W Elson images to this page unless I begin to receive answers to the questions already asked above.

Nevertheless, I'd like to thank those people who have sent comments and answers for this page, and if I discover any more answers, I'll add them to this page.  In particular see items 43 and below on the list above.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  March 20, 2010

 

Question

 1

"Abraham Lincoln"

Philip Morrow wrote:

"I have a print of Abraham Lincoln showing him quarter-facing left and clean shaven.  In small print under the oval print is: 'Published and Copyright 1894, by A. W. Elson & Co. Boston'."

 

Carbon Print by A W Elson of Boston  -  Abraham Lincoln

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Philip Morrow

"Can you tell me more about this particular print and perhaps its approximate value?  It is in a broad wooden frame (oak, I believe) with a cardboard backing.  The frame measures 31"W x 37"H and the oval is about 15"W x 18"H. 

It had belonged to my grandparents -- and probably their parents.  There is a little moisture staining into the bottom border, but not onto the oval itself.  This is a large print and seems to be remarkably well-preserved.  (An example of 'carbon printing'?) 

Thanks for any help you can provide."

Philip Morrow:  February 2004

 

Another Lincoln Photo

Here is a message received in May 2005 about another Lincoln photo:

"In our family we have a large carbon print of Abe Lincoln sitting by the fire. 

It is called Boyhood of Lincoln.  This print was made by AW Elson & Co. Boston. 

It is in an old large oak frame.  On the back there is a number A5. 

We know that the original of this picture was painted by Eastman Johnson and hangs in a museum in Michigan. 

We are interested in any information about this print, when it was made, how many are there, the value, etc.  Anything would be helpful. 

Thank you much for your help."

Farrah, May 2005: North Dakota, USA.

 

3rd  Lincoln Photo

Here is a message received in March 2006.  Angela Hall wrote:

"I have an identical print and was wondering if anyone responded to you regarding the value. 

 Mine is in a fairly fancy Victorian frame so I am only looking for some help on the print itself.  Any help you can give is greatly appreciated.  Thanks!"

Angela Hall:  March 15, 2006

4th  Lincoln Photo

Here is a message received in May 2007.  Cindy Farmer wrote:

" I have the same photo that Mr. Phil Morrow was describing.   I also have had it in my family as long as I can remember. 

 I was wondering what the value of this photo would be, and how to care for it.

Any information you could share with me, including who the artist was, would be great. 

My mother is very ill and she asked me at one time to find out what I could about it.  I would love to be able to tell her something before she passes."

Cindy Farmer:  May 2, 2007

 

5th  Lincoln Photo

Gary, Colorado, USA wrote

" I also have the exact Abe Lincoln portrait with the same clean shaven Lincoln along with the exact border you have shown, but not the same frame. 

I am wondering if you have any more information on this as I track A W Elson & Co from Boston, Mass."

Gary, Colorado, USA:  February 4, 2008

Sorry Gary, I still don't have any answers - just more people finding the same picture!

Peter Stubbs:  February 4, 2008

Other Presidents

Here is a message I received in response to the photo above:

"I have the same print as the one pictured in your first question from Philip Morrow.  In fact the frame appears to be identical.  I purchased mine along with prints of Jefferson, Washington, Franklin and others about 35 years ago in Auburn, New York."

James F Plugh, 12 January 2005

 

If you feel that you can help to answer any of the questions above, or any other questions on this page,  please e-mail me so that I can pass on your answer to the owners of the photo. 

Thank you      -  Peter Stubbs

  

Question

2

"Painting by John White Alexander"

Sarah Imbruglia wrote:

"I am writing in concern of a picture I purchased at a yard sale. The picture is a beautiful portrait of a person the name on the bottom says John Alexander 91'. A.W. Elson & Company Boston Carbon Photographs.

If you could please help me find out more information about this portrait please contact me. If not please point me into the right direction.

Thank you for your time."

From Sarah Imbruglia  -  August 2001

Comment

There was a John White Alexander.  I don't know whether this was the same person or not.

He was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania on 7 Oct 1856 and died in New York, 1915.  He was a society portrait painter, painting mainly women, 1887-91.

Some of his paintings are included in a catalogue of a Memorial Exhibition in 1941, published by the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh.

Peter Stubbs  -  August 2001

 

Question

 3

"Painting by John White Alexander" (again)

Here is another query that I have received about a carbon photograph by A W Elson of a painting by John White Alexander.  Tim Rodgers of Salt Lake City writes:

"I was wondering if I could get some/any info. on a piece I have at home.  It is a photo of a painting by John White Alexander titled Isabella and the Pot of Basil. Below the photo, with in the frame work is a stamp on the matting.  It says "A.W. Elson & Company Carbon Photographs".

I believe my Mother got the picture from an old school in Illinois in the 1950s.  The picture itself is about 16 inches wide by 25 inches tall.  The whole thing including the frame is about 2 feet by 3.5 feet.

I found the poem that the actual painting is about, and later on I saw a drink tray at a flea market with the Isabella picture in the middle of it.  On the drink tray picture it appeared as if the pot was a fish bowl and Isabella was tapping on the side of the glass playing with a fish inside. 

Any further information would be greatly appreciated.  Of course, I'd love to find out the value if this photo but I doubt I would ever sell it."

Tim Rodgers, Salt Lake City, Utah  -  February 2005

If you can help to answer the question above, please e-mail me.

Thank you.   Peter Stubbs

Tim also gave details of the poem:

"It's all about Isabella and how she was in love with some guy that her brother didn't approve of.  The brother thought she should marry a Nobel man.  So the brother killed Isabella's boy friend.  Isabella found out about it and later found where the body was. 

I don't know if she did or her servants did but somehow they cut the boyfriend's head off.  Isabella put the head in a pot and planted some basil on top.  There she mourned for her lost love. 

Apparently the Basil pot with the head in it flourished noticeably more than the rest of the pots of basil nearby. So the evil brother took the pot with the head in it to find out why.  The poem ends with poor Isabella now searching for the lost pot with the head in it."

Tim Rodgers, Salt Lake City, Utah  -  February 2005

 

Question

 4

"Boyhood of Raleigh"

W Foster wrote:

"I have a carbon print with Boyhood of Raleigh written on the back of the matting with A. W. Elson & Co. Boston Mass embossed in the mat.

Do you know how old this is?

Thanks".

wfoster2@triad.rr.com  -  September 2003

Comment

'The Boyhood of Raleigh' was painted in oil on canvas by John Millais in 1869-70.  It is is in the Tate Gallery, London.

I don't know when the carbon print was produced by AW Elson, but I believe that the company published many carbon prints in the 1890s and early 1900s

Peter Stubbs  -  September 2003

 

Question

 5

"Cornwallis Surrender"

Kip Legaard wrote:

"Hello,

I have this large portrait and I was wondering what its value is and what exactly this picture is of?"

Carbon Print by A W Elson of Boston  -  Cornwallis Surrender

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Kip Legaard

From Kip Legaard  -  February 2004

If you can help to answer the question above, please e-mail me.

Thank you.   -  Peter Stubbs

Update

"From what I found out the picture is a carbon print of Cornwallis Surrender"

Kip Legaard  -  February 2004

 

Question

6

Aerial View of
Dartmouth College

I have received two messages about this picture:

Patricia Corliss wrote:

"I am hoping you can help me.   I have an original  print  signed by Richard Rummels.   it is an aerial view of Dartmouth College. 

It also has A.W Elson & Co Boston on the right hand corner  and in the middle, below the picture it has  1906 WT Littig and Company.  It is framed, looks pretty old, and has water rolled glass, quite beautiful and is matted  in great shape.

Well i guess if you can  help me figure out  the worth,  how many copies were made and   how Littig came into play with this and also A.W. Elson, and also  where i can find info on the net to  get some more history on where to sell this piece.

I do know Rummels is in the museum.. So any info on this piece  would be greatly appreciated."

Patricis Corliss   -  November 2005

Bonnie wrote:

"I have an original print signed by Richard Rummels.  I think that it is an aerial view of Dartmouth College.

Printed on the right hand corner below picture is: Photogravure by A. W. Elson & Co. Boston with Richard Rummels signature.

Printed in the middle under the picture is: Copyright, 1908, by W.T. Littig & Co. New York.

Also has a small print of a shed like building with trees and a keg or barrel on the building ledge.

It is a 31" X 19" print with glass and 3" finished wood frame. Very nice picture of which we get many compliments and inquiries.

I would appreciate any information you could give me regarding the picture and its worth."

Bonnie:   January 7, 2006

Blair Lockwood wrote:

"I also have a print of Dartmouth that I recently inherited. My grandfather was a Dartmouth grad about 100 years ago so this sounds like the same print as described above.

Perhaps it was sold/given to Dartmouth grads during that time. I am interested in either giving it to Dartmouth or selling it if I can find a buyer but also don't have any idea of its value."

Blair Lockwood, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA:  February 10, 2007

Blair Lockwood subsequently wrote

"I have just contacted Dartmouth to see if they were interested in the picture as a gift. They have a few copies of the picture,  so they were not.

I think it was distributed widely.  I will hang on to my copy for now, but I was quite interested in finding out that others had copies and were also interested in its history."

Blair Lockwood, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA:  February 13, 2007

If you can provide any more information about this photograph, please e-mail me.

Thank you.   -  Peter Stubbs

 

Question

 7

"Indian"

Message from the EdinPhoto GuestBook:

"I have a print that is black & white it is approx 2 ft. by 2ft. there is no artist that signed on the print except the publisher which is A.W Elson & Co Boston.

It is a portrait of an male Indian appears to be from the southern states do to the back ground. The time must have been before 1913  -  found a Boston newspaper behind the print.

Wish to know the artist, the tribe of which this Indian is from and state, and the value of this print?"

From GuestBook [anon]   -  February 2003

Comment 1

You could have a look at the Appalachian Arts web site.  (Despite its opening screen, it does not appear to need a password!)

This site refers to the Wanamaker Collection of Indian photographs at Indiana University, and to photogravure prints of Indians by Elson of Boston, some published 1913 and others in 1925.

Peter Stubbs  -  February 2003

Comment 2

Thank you to Bill and Vickie Doherty, Arizona, USA, who wrote:

"We have a sepia version of this picture.  It is incredible in detail.  The picture is 'The Indian and the Lilly, 1887', oil on canvas by George DeForest Brush

An article on the painting, and the collection of paintings done at the same time, can be found on the National Gallery of Art web site"

Bill and Vickie Doherty, Arizona, USA: February 17, 2009

 

Question

 8

"Indian and the Lily"

Message from Victoria Ellis:

"I have a beautiful picture from the Wanamaker Collection.   The outer frame is wooden, 2 inches and 27 by 29 inches.

The subject is an Indian. He appears to be from the South due to the vegetations around him. The trees have moss hanging off the branches touching the lagoon that surrounds the back drop. He is Kneeling down to the lagoon and with his right hand gripping the vines from the trees so he may not fall into the water as he picks a fresh flowering water Lilly from the water line. It's obvious he's on the journal home from a hunt.

A large white feathery fowl (maybe a crane, it has long legs and a very long neck) is draped over his back. He is bare chest with a wide, thick belt around his waist and thigh high Moccasins that depict his tribe's colors, drawings symbolisms of their way of life.

Unfortunately when the picture was shipped the glass shatter scratching the surface in two places not deep but the picture was in mint condition before that. It must have been the originally glass. In fact, the Boston Newspaper was behind the frame. I had new glass put in and kept the originally frame. 

This portray moves me in many ways, so I have many questions:

1. Indian from what tribe ?

2. What area of the south?

3. Date?

4. Who was the photographer and the passion for his work?

5. Is A. W. Elson and Boston Co. still intact?

6. Where do you go for an appraisal on this piece?
     I'm  insuring all my personal items

Victoria Ellis  -  Kodiak, Alaska, USA  -  August 2005

Comment

You could have a look at the Appalachian Arts web site.  (Despite its opening screen, it does not appear to need a password!)

This site refers to the Wanamaker Collection of Indian photographs at Indiana University, and to photogravure prints of Indians by Elson of Boston, some published 1913 and others in 1925.

I have never e-mailed this web site, but if you were to do so, they might be able to answer some of your questions.

Peter Stubbs  -  August 2005

"Indian and the Lily"

2nd copy

I have received a further e-mail (from Rick Garrett, address not known, October 2005) telling me that he also has an Indian photo.  He is trying to discover more about this photo.  He describes it as:

"an Indian in a swamp, with a goose( I think)  on his back.  He seems to be picking a pond lily." 

Rick Garrett  -  October 2005

"Indian and the Lily"

3rd copy

This appears to be another copy the photograph referred to above. Dave Chaszewski, from northern Manitoba, Canada, who sent the photo below, tells me that it is titled: 'Indian and the Lily'

A W Elson photograph titled ' Indian and the Lily'

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Dave Chaszewski, northern Manitoba, Canada

 

Detail from the bottom of the frame above

showing A W Elson's logo

A W Elson's logo - taken from the bottom of the frame of a photo titled 'Indian and the Lily

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Dave Chaszewski, northern Manitoba, Canada

Dave Chaszewski:  July 21 + 22,  2006

Dave Chaszewski wrote again in August 2006 telling me:

Value of the Picture?

"I tried to contact Victoria Ellis of Kodiak, Alaska, USA concerning this picture, but have not had any luck.

I think now it is more important to contact someone on the value of this print for I have been offered Can$1000.00 without any questions asked from a lady at a garage sale that has an antique store

I did not accept the money, thinking that it might be worth more.  Was I stupid or should I take whatever I can for it?

I did not have it for sale.  I just wanted to ask her what it might be worth.  Any help with information on possibly selling it would be appreciated

Thanx,  Dave

Dave Chaszewski, northern Manitoba, Canada:  August 14, 2006

 

"Indian and the Lily"

4th copy

Carolyn Fisher from Minnesota  e-mailed me in March 2007 to tell me that she also has a copy of 'Indian and the Lilly'.

Carolyn wrote:

"We just inherited this print.

Do you have any ideas on the value or know where we can get a current value?

Any more information on it would be great!!"

Carolyn Fisher, Duluth, Minnesota:  March 16, 2007

 

"Indian and the Lily"

The Original Painting

Thank you to Lynn Myers who wrote:

Oil Painting

"The Indian and the Lily is an oil painting by George de Forest Brush which now hangs in the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

It was originally painted in 1887.

You can 'Google' the artist’s name to get additional info on on his background."

Lynn Myers, Rogers, Arkansas, USA:  October 31, 2011

Lynn Myers added:

The Artist

"I have been searching for additional information which states that Brush lived with various tribes to steep himself in the Indian culture of his subjects.

He wanted to paint “habits and deeds in which we (Americans and Native Americans) have feelings in common.”

One site said this picture is of a Seminole Indian was painted in Florida."

Lynn Myers, Rogers, Arkansas, USA:  October 31, 2011

 

Question

 9

"Paintings by Kever"

Here is a query that I received by e-mail:

"I have a print by the artist J S H Kever, published by AW Elson & Co of Boston. I would like to learn more about dates, people etc. and also the value if any."

masloan@telus.net   -  January 2003

 

Another e-mail, three years later referred to a painting by the same artist, but but made no mention of A W Elson & Co.

Karen Smith wrote:

"I am interested in finding out more about the artist J. H. S, Kever.

I  know that he was Dutch and died in about 1922.  I have a painting of his of a seated lady sewing with a small blonde child next to her watching,

It is framed in an ornate gold frame with a small  plaque at the bottom with the artists name inscribed.  The painting is also signed   KEVER  ..   

I would like to know more about the artist and this work in particular.  I hope someone can help. 

Thank you.

Karen Smith: 14 January 2006

 

If you can help to answer the question above, please e-mail me.

Thank you.   -  Peter Stubbs

 

Question

 10

"The Little Rose of Lyme Regis"

Message from Robin:

"I recently purchased a truly haunting portrait in an antique shop.  It was only $10, yet has a lovely frame and the little girl just, well, takes possession of whomever view her.  She does seem forlorn, so perhaps that is why I was lucky enough to get her.

At the bottom of the picture on the left corner, it says James McNeill Whistler Pine (? I think its pine) In the middle in larger print is says 'The Little Rose of Lyme Regis' and in the right corner is says copyright A.W. Elson  & Co.  Boston.

I know that this is a copy or something like, the painting of the same name by Whistler.  However, when I wrote to an expert on his work, she told me that I must have a page from a book or old catalogue.  I knew this was not so.  You can see that the actual picture portion is impressed into the paper and the tonal grey brown qualities are exceptional.  I think it may be just the kind of photograph you discussed.

I wonder if you know anything more about my lovely girl and if she has any worth, other than that of my heart.  I'd be happy to send you a jpeg of the portrait if you would like.

I am a teacher/ photographer....however I did work in an Antique Shop as a teen, and this just strikes me as a forgotten treasure."

Robin, Rochester, Michigan:  February 2004

 

Message from Doris Livezey:

"I too have a sepia tone print of 'The Little Rose of Lyme Regis'.   It was in my grandmother's house in Connecticut.

It was framed at the Sterling Art Shop in Schenectady, NY.  The print is older than I am (I'm 65). 

I wonder if there is any more information about it.."

Doris Livezey, San Jose, California:  December 17, 2006

Reply to Doris Livezey:

Key "LITTLE ROSE OF LYME REGIS" (including the inverted commas) into Google.

It should find quite a few links.  It found 73 links when I tried it today.   

- Peter Stubbs,  December 17, 2006

 

Question

 11

Martha Washington

Portrait of Martha Washington

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement
 to Dolores Fogelsinger

Message from Dolores Fogelsinger

"I have portrait of Martha Washington that is oval  under Martha it states copyright 1893 by A.W. Elson & Co. Boston.  Under this Martha Washington and under it has From the Athenaeum portrait by Gilbert Stuart. 

I would appreciate any information a value of this."

Dolores Fogelsinger, Michigan, USA:  August 2004

If you can help to answer the question above, please e-mail me.

Thank you.   -  Peter Stubbs

 

Question

 12

Portrait by Thomas Sully Finx

Message received by e-mail:

"I have a black and white portrait by Thomas Sully Finx.  the torn hat,  copyright A.W.Elson Boston mass, do you know anything about it, age value? it is framed in an old oak frame.   Thank you."

e-mail received 15 March 2004

If you can help to answer the question above, please e-mail me.

Thank you.   -  Peter Stubbs

 

Question

 13

Presentation in the Temple

Message from M Brindamour

"I have an old print or something, not a photo, of a young girl playing a lute.  It is dated 1904,  A W Elson, Boston.

She is barefooted and seems to be sitting up on a shelf or terraced table of some kind.  There is a small piece of paper attached to the edge of the table just below her right foot - her legs are crossed, left foot up -  that says (?) Victor Carpathvis. Under that is like a chemistry formula 2 M something X only the numbers are smaller than the letters like a formula.

Have you ever seen this or know anything about it?   It is entitled Presentation in the temple - detail - Carpaccio.  If you have any information about this I would be grateful to hear from you.  It is a very intriguing picture because of the strange paper with the name and formula."

M Brindamour  Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA:  February 2005

Comment

I don't know the significance of the letters and numbers, but this will be a copy (carbon print or photogravure) by A W Elson & Co of detail in the painting Presentation of Jesus in The Temple by the Italian painter, Vittore Carpaccio (1472-1526).

The painting has a group of standing figures, including Mary holding Jesus.  Beneath them are three angels, seated, playing instruments, a crumhorn, a lute and a lyre.

The painting is now in the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice.  A copy can be found on the The World Gallery of Art web site.  Key wga carpaccio temple into Google to find the page.

Peter Stubbs  -  February 2005

 

Question

 14

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Message from Bob Freedom:

"I have a picture of the room where Shakespeare was born. On the bottom of the picture or photo are the words-"The room where Shakespeare was born" and Copyright 1898 by A.W.Elson & Co. of Boston. Could you give me an idea of its value? It is in good condition. How can I find the value of this picture?

Thank you."

Bob Freedom,  New York, USA:  March 2005

UPDATE  September 15,  2007

James Chrismond, West Haven Connecticut, USA also has a copy of this photo and is keen to discover more about it.

If you can tell Bob or James anything about this picture, please e-mail me.

Thank you.   -  Peter Stubbs

 

Question

 15

Soldier by Fireplace

Message from Mary Ann:

"I currently own a large photograph with a raised stamp on bottom indicating it is by A W Elson of Boston. The photograph is a very rustic picture of a young soldier by a fireplace.  Have you gotten any information on this type of photograph?  It is in a very old frame and the print is very large."

Mary Ann:  August 2004

If you can help to answer the question above, please e-mail me.

Thank you.   -  Peter Stubbs

 

Question

 16

'Spirit of 76'

Thank you to Tana Pinkerton of Roundup, Montana, USA who sent me the photograph and comments below.

A W Elson Photograph  -  Spirit of 76

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Tina Pinkerton

"I believe I have a carbon print of the "Spirit of '76".   It is framed similar to the 1st picture of Lincoln on your website. 

There is a little water damage on the bottom of the picture and  also some water marks on the upper portion of the picture.  It has a mat with the AW Elson & Company Boston Imprint on it. 

Any information you could send me would be much appreciated."

Tana Pinkerton, Roundup, Montana, USA,  1 December 2005

 

If you can provide any info on this or on any of the other photos mentioned on this page, please e-mail me

Thank you.    -  Peter Stubbs

 

Answer

 16

Print for Sale

The Pot of Gold Antiques web site, Colorado, USA, is currently (February 2008) offering this print for sale for US$2,600.

I've reproduced the details from the 'Pot of Gold Antiques' web site here in case the page on that site above vanishes in the event of the print being sold or withdrawn.

Peter Stubbs:  February 5, 2008
AND thank you to Gary Huber, Colorado, USA for telling me about this sale.

 

Question

 17

"The Sower"

 Here is a question that was left in the EdinPhoto Guest Book.

 

"I have a very large carbon photograph of "The Sower".  It is in sepia type tones. 

The frame is quarter sawn oak with a smaller brass engraved label reading "A Gift to the Palisade School"

The glass is hand rolled with all the normal flaws. 

The photo has an embossed matt reading:
 "A W Elson & Company: Carbon Photograph"

J F Millet painted "The Sower".  He is a famous French artist who did many peasant scenes.  The original painting has hung in the Boston Museum since around 1880, about fifteen years after it was first painted (I believe).

The photo is huge and measures 26"W x 34"H without matting or frame.

This thing is stunning and causes everyone to ask of its history.  Please fill in the blank expression on my face with an intelligent comment."

-  Was it common to photograph paintings?

-  Do you know anything about this company?

-  What of the Palisade School in Boston?

-  Was it linked to photography?

-  Do you know who worked there doing projects like this?

GuestBook [anon]   -  September 2002

If you can help to answer these questions above, please e-mail me.

Thank you.   -  Peter Stubbs

 

Question

 18

[unknown subject]

Here is another query received by e-mail:

"Hello, Can someone tell me where to look for information on A.W. Elson and Co. of Boston? I have a print dated 1904 and it is way to cool. I would love to find info on it, but I'm drowning in the Web.

Thanks."

TimberTee@yahoo.com   -  December 2002

Comment

Much of the work of AW Elson appears to have been photogravure images, produced in the 1890s, often portraits for illustrations in books including some for limited editions.

However the Appalachian Arts web site refers to AW Elson photogravures in a book published in 1925.  This site also gives a very brief definition of the photogravure process.

Peter Stubbs  -  December 2002

 

Question

 19

"California Spanish Missions"

Ben Sherman, USA wrote:

 

"I am trying to find out more information about A.W. Elson and Company of Boston who did a series of photogravures of the old California Spanish Missions.

They are copyrighted in 1906 and show many of the missions prior to 20th century restoration.

I have eight of these photogravures and am trying to determine their rarity/value.

If any one can assist please email me.  This site has provided most info I have been able to find so far."

GuestBook  -  Ben Sherman, USA:  Bensherman75@aol.com    March 18, 2006

If you can help to answer the question above, please e-mail me.

Thank you.   -  Peter Stubbs

 

Question

20

"Yardale"

Bob Reid wrote:

 

"I have a colored A W Elson print, copyright 1901, printed by I believe Yardale (?).  The size 5.75 by 8 inches.

The picture is of two women walking along the side of a waterway in a lightly wooded area. One woman carrying a sack over her back and the other carrying a baby.

 This picture looks like water color. I would love to find out more if I can."

Bob Reid:  July 6,  2006

If you can help to answer the question above, please e-mail me.

Thank you.   -  Peter Stubbs

 

Question

 21

"By the River"

Melanie Morris, Canada wrote:

 

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"I have a print produced by A. W. Elson and Company around the turn of the century. The writing on it is very small and hard to make out but I think the artist name is 'Leiolle' or something like that.

The print is called 'By the River' It is of two women walking by the river, one hold a baby and the other with a sack over her shoulder. There are cattle in the background.

Would you be able to tell my the name of the artist? and maybe a little about him? That would be great."

Melanie Morris, Canada:  September 23, 2006

 

If you can help to answer the question above, please e-mail me.

Thank you.   -  Peter Stubbs

 Thank you to Judy Sadowsky who replied:

 

Reply

"This picture was painted by H Leiolle, copyright A W Elson.

 I would appreciate receiving more information about the print."

Judy Sadowsky:  July 3, 2010

 

 

Question

 22

"Friend of the Humble"

Debbie Peters, Chillicothe, Northeastern Ohio, USA wrote:

 

"I have a carbon print by Lhermitte, called 'L'Amides Humbles', also called 'Friend of the Humble'.  It is very dark, but in good condition.

It also says Copyright by A. W. Elson and Company Belmont, Mass. 

It is of Jesus at a table with bread in his left hand, two man sitting at the table and a woman and a boy standing behind them. 

Do you know anything about this picture?

I would like to know if you know:

-  when was it printed?

-  how many copies were made?

-  What else is known about this print?

Debbie Peters, Chillicothe, Northeastern Ohio, USA:  October 5 + 6, 2006

Comment

This painting was painted by Lhermitte in 1892 and would have been printed as a carbon print by A W Elson some time between 1892 and 1925.

Perhaps you knows more about it.  If so, please e-mail me.

Thank you.

Peter Stubbs  -  October 6, 2006.

 

Question

 23

"George Washington's Home"

Tom wrote:

"I have a 34''x27'' carbon photograph of George Washington's home in Virginia, Mount Vernon.

It is matted and embossed with A W Elson & company, Boston.

Can you tell me anything about it?"

Tom:  January 6, 2007

If you can help to answer the question above, please e-mail me.

Thank you.   -  Peter Stubbs

 

Question

24

"The Coming Storm"

Peter Costello, Lorain, Ohio, USA asks for more information about this  photo.

Peter writes:

 

"I have a E.W. Elson & Co.  print or whatever.  It's called of  "The Coming Storm" by G. Inness  (It looks like he signed it but I doubt it).

Its in a heavy wooden frame that looks like it has some sort of black coating on the wood. The print has a glass over it and it looks very old.

The is also a Bronze Plate on it (bottom from of frame ) that reads 

"The Coming Storm - George Inness"

The Albright Gallery - Buffalo

(New York, I presume).

I bought this at a garage sale here in my town  (Lorain, Ohio).

On the back it has a hand written note that says.

"Inness Bronze - $ 500.00?"

It looks quite old."

Peter Costello, Lorain, Ohio, USA, January 25, 2007

I assume that this is another A W Elson carbon print from around 1900.  If you can provide any more information about it, please e-mail me.

Thank you.   -  Peter Stubbs

 

Question

25

"Betsy Ross sewing the First American Flag"

Charles Davies writes:

"I recently purchased an old print at a garage sale of Betsy Ross sewing the First American Flag.

This very large picture is in excellent condition.  The mat has an Impressed mark that says 'A.W. Elson & Company, Boston' and 'Carbon' and something else that I cannot make out.

Could you tell me about what year this was made and Possibly what it is Worth?"

Charles Davies, May 4, 2007

This sounds like another A W Elson carbon print, probably from around 1900.    -  Peter Stubbs

 

Question

26

"Ann Hathaway's Cottage"

Mark Spear writes:

"I have a photo, that I am interested in getting some information on.

It says Ann Hathaway's Cottage (bottom center of photo)  copyright 1897 by A.W. Elson & Co. Boston
(bottom right corner).

The frame size is 9ins x 12ins.
The photo itself measures 8ins x 5 3/8ins.

Any information would be appreciated."

Mark Spear, Moorcroft, Wyoming, USA:  June 25, 2007

UPDATE  September 15,  2007

James Chrismond, West Haven Connecticut, USA also has a copy of this photo and is keen to discover more about it.

UPDATE  October 4,  2007

Kris, near Albany, New York, USA also has a copy of this photo and is keen to discover more about it.

UPDATE  October 25,  2012

A copy of this print is currently available on eBay at a 'Buy it Now' price of US$120 + postage.  The date that the print is given as 1899.  The eBay site also has an image of this print with the cottage in the background and a figure in the lower left corner.

If you can tell Mark, James or Kris anything more about this print, please e-mail me  then  I'll pass on your message to them. 

Thank you. 

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh

  

Question

27

River and Church  -  Where is it?

A W Elson Photograph  -  river and church  -  Where is it?
©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Cindy Gebo, Carthage, New York, USA

zoom-in

Zoom-in to an A W Elson Photograph  -  river and church  -  Where is it?

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Cindy Gebo, Carthage, New York, USA

Cindy Gebo has asked about the photograph below:

Cindy wrote:

"I'm wondering if you can tell me anything about this picture.  It has a seal on the back and says 'carbon photography'.

It looks like a church in there by the water. My husband thinks it could be in France due to the way the bridge is made.

I'm wondering if it might not be in Scotland. I would appreciate any help you can give me."

Cindy Gebo, Carthage, New York, USA:  July 27+31, 2007

UPDATE  October 15,  2007

Linda Parker-Kolnick, Albany, New York, has  also found a copy of this photo.  It is in a large frame.  She would like to know more about it.

UPDATE  July 14,  2008

Johnny Mo has emailed me to tell me that he also has a copy of this print and would like to know more about it.

UPDATE  September 8,  2008

Warren Butler has emailed me to tell me that he also has a copy of this print and would like to know it value.  Ian also sent me a photograph of his print.  It's mounted on brown card, with three thin black lines around the picture and an embossed stamp in the middle of the mount below the picture.

UPDATE  March 18, 2009

Leah Colby, Savannah, Georgia wrote. 

"I too have a copy of the church / river image.
Was anybody able to provide you with any details."

Unfortunately, the answer (so far) is "No".

If you have any suggestions as to  where this photo might have been taken, or if you can tell me anything else about it, please e-mail me  and I'll pass on your message to Cindy and Linda.

Thank you.  -  Peter Stubbs

Answer

Zoom-in to an A W Elson Photograph  -  river and church  -  Where is it? ©

Thank you to Cal Casey, Dallas, Texas, USA, who wrote:

"I have a copy of this photo. It is titled:

'Stratford from Memorial Theatre'

Copyright 1897, A.W. Elson & Co. , Boston

The church in this photo is Holy Trinity Church, viewed from Memorial Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon, England."

Cal Casey, Dallas, Texas, USA: April 1+2, 2009

A Google search for images of Holy Trinity Church, Stratford will bring up lots of pictures of the church.  These will confirm that this is, indeed, the church in the A W Elson print.

 

Question

28

Wake Up

and

Madonna and Saints

JoAnn Finley, Michigan City, Indiana, USA has asked if anybody  can tell her the approximate date and value of the following two A W Elson photos:

a)  'Wake Up'

b)  'Madonna and Saints' (Frari) Giovanni Bellini

If you can help to answer these questions, please e-mail me  and I'll pass on your message to JoAnn.

Thank you.  -  Peter Stubbs:  September 7, 2007.

 

Questions

29

Boys of the Shell

or

Children of the Shell

The A W Elson Print

AW Elson print of Murillo's painting: "Children of the Shell"

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Cindy Gebo, Carthage, New York, USA

Bonnie Shane, Shickshinny, Pennsylvania, USA has asked for information on the artist, the exact type of print and the value of this print before she frames it for a customer.

Bonnie tells me that handwritten on the back of the matting is:

'Children of the Shell'

with another word beneath, appearing to end in 'oze'

Bonnie adds that the condition of the print is fair for its age.  It has some moisture staining and edge.  She is looking for advice on whether she should trim away the damaged mat before framing the picture.

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If you can help to answer Bonnie's questions, please e-mail me  and I'll pass on your message to her. 

Thank you.  Peter Stubbs:  September 7, 2007.

Answers

Answer 1

The original painting hangs in the Prado Gallery, Madrid, Spain.  It was painted by the Spanish artist, Murillo (1612-1682).  The inscription on the painting (in Latin) is 'Behold the Lamb of God'.

- Peter Stubbs:  November 24, 2007

Answer 2

Thank you to Grace Anthony Zemsky for telling me that the Spanish Arts web site gives more details of the original painting by Murillo.  In particular :

"The title of the painting is 'The Boys of the Shell' ('Los Niños de la Concha').  It was painted in 1670 and measures 40.9 ins x 48.8 ins.

It represents Jesus giving a drink to St. John under the heavens populated by the little angels. Again obvious Italian influence, reflects with mastery children with adult gestures without resulting extravagant (sic)".

Grace Anthony Zemsky:  February 6, 2008

The Spanish Arts web site (above) also includes a coloured thumbnail image, and slightly larger coloured image, of this painting by Murillo.

Peter Stubbs:  February 7, 2008

Answer 3

Thank you to Bonnie Shane, who sent me the original painting for providing the  the following information. 

Bonnie wrote:

"I talked to an art conservator about the piece. She felt this type of print usually is worth $80-120. She also gave me some tips about treating the mildew.

We ended up framing it with conservation materials, trimming off the worst of the mould and mildewed edges. I matted it with a nice deep tan cotton rag mat cut to show the original borders and stamp on the print's mounting board. It really looked nice and I'm anxious to hear how Jim's wife liked it.

It has been interesting to know the background of the painting, and now we have the correct name. I guess the first translator thought "niños" meant children"

Bonnie Shane, Shickshinny, Pennsylvania, USA:  March 2, 2009

Answer 4

Thank you to Héctor de la Concha for sending the message below about the title of this picture.

Héctor wrote:

Boys or Children?

The word niños in Spanish does mean 'boys'.  However, this word also means 'children' depending on the intention of the writer.  You see in Spanish if someone has, say for example two sons and two daughters, they would be referred ot as 'mis niños'.

I just tell you this for you to understand that the Spanards  are very sensitive about their language.  I should know, I've been criticized for having made that same mistake myself in the past.  Oh well!

I checked on Google and found that:

-  a search for 'Boys of the Shell' brought up 658,000 results BUT

-  a search for 'Children of the Shell' brought up 6,360,000 results - almost10 times as many!

Peter Stubbs

Request

P.S.  Now, my question would be, where can someone obtain a copy of the same print at a reasonable price?  Thank you.

Héctor de la Concha:  December 27, 2010

Reply to Héctor

If you'd like to send a message to Héctor, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to him.  Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  January 1, 2010

 

Question

30

Deer in the Forest Twilight

Thank you to Larry Jordan, Kamloops, for sending me a copy of his sepia print.  The print is by A W Elson, Boston (copyright 1907).  It shows three deer, one of them standing, surrounded by trees without leaves.

Larry wrote:

"My print is titled 'Deer in the Forest Twilight' by Rosa Bonheur, 1883.  It is noted above print 'From the original in the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York'.  Also printed below the print 'Marie- Rosa Bonheur, Pinx'.

I have searched the internet for anything on this and can find absolutely nothing related to this particular artwork.  Thank you for any information you might be able to give me."

Larry Jordan, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada:  November 14, 2007

Mari-Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899) was a French realist painter and sculptor. She produced many paintings of animals.

On the internet I have found reference to her works 'Scotch Deer' and 'Resting Place of Deer' but no reference to 'Deer in the Forest Twilight'

- Peter Stubbs:  December 6, 2007.

 

Question

 31

George Washington

Thank you to Mark Loter who wrote from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, telling me:

"I have a print that was done by A.W. Elson & Co. in Boston, MA.  It has a copyright date of 1893 and is mounted and framed (9.5" x 11.5") and matted in original condition. the print is the Gilbert Stuart  'George Washington' as he appears on the American dollar.

Mark added:

"I am wondering if there is any value or interest in this piece."

Mark Loter, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA:  December 11, 2007.

 

Question

 32

Washington and Lincoln

I received another message similar to 31 above in January 2008.  This time it was Stephanie Flohr who wrote:

"Where can I find the value of two portraits that I have?

They are both by A W Elson and Co.

-  Lincoln: 1894

-  Washington: 1893

Any help that you can give would be greatly appreciated."

Stephanie Flohr:  January 8, 2008

When I started adding the information about A W Elson photos to the web site (above) I hoped to receive some feedback about the company, their photos and possibly the values of some of the photos.

Unfortunately, almost all the e-mails that I have received about the company are from people asking the values of their photos.  I don't currently have the answers to such questions.

If you can help to answer them,  please e-mail me

Thank you.  -  Peter Stubbs:  September 7, 2007.

 

Question

 33

Washington and Lincoln

Liza Owens writes:

"I have a print copyright 1904 by A.W.Elson and Co. of Boston.  The picture shows two dogs, a beagle and a small white dog, looking out of a dog house that has a chain attached to the house trailing off the picture.

I have tried to learn the artist, but have been unable to.  A friend mentioned a William Aulden, but I was unable to find anything about that artist.

My print has not been taken care of.  Does it have value?

Thank you."

Eliza Owens, Forest City, North Carolina, USA:  February 17, 2008

I have not received many answers about the value of AW Elson prints, but Answer 3 to Question 29 above may be of interest.

It anybody  recognises this picture, please e-mail me and tell me more.  Then I'll pass on your message to Liza.

Thank you.  -  Peter Stubbs:  February 17, 2008.

Reply

Barb Kohuth replied:

"We have the same picture.  My sister-in-law is an antique dealer and she thought the print was an original, but we don't have any information, either.

If anyone finds anything out, please let us know!"

Barb Kohuth, NE Ohio, USA:  August 16, 2008

If you know anything more about this picture please e-mail me, then I'll pass on your message to Liza and Barb.

Thank you.  -  Peter Stubbs:  October 16, 2008

 

Question

34

What was the Event?

 

AW Elson print including formal dress and coaches.  What is the event, and what is the title of this photo?

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Roy Murphy, Houston, Texas

 

What was the event depicted here, with all the formal dress and coaches?

Roy Murphy, Houston, Texas writes

"Could you please help me find out what this print is?  What is it called?  What do I have?

It is copyrighted 1899, A W Elson, Boston."

Roy Murphy, Houston, Texas:  August 9, 2008.

Reply

If you can help to answer Roy's question,  please e-mail me.   Then I'll pass on your message to Roy

Thank you.  -  Peter Stubbs:  February 17, 2007.

 

Question

 35

Mount Robson

 Print of an Ansel Adams photograph

Kerry Hall writes:

"I have what I think is a carbon print from A W Elson, of a photograph taken by Ansel Adams. It is a picture of Mt. Robson (the back view) in British Columbia, Canada. The whole thing measures about 5x7, the print itself 5 1/2 x 4".

Printed below the picture is:

Photograph by Ansel Easton Adams

"Mt. Robson"

A. W. Elson & Co., Belmont, Mass.

Can you tell me if this has any value?  Thank you for any information you might have."

Kerry Hall, September 12, 2008

 

Question

36

Several Elson Prints

To date, I have had very little response to questions about the value of AW Elson prints.  However, the message below gives an idea of what one person thinks that some of prints may be worth.

Dennis wrote:

"I'm trying to find an estimated value on  Elson prints.  I believe they are from the 1900's.  There are several containing pictures of:

Martha Washington

-  George Washington

-  Sam Davis

-  Grant, Cornwall Jackson

-  Washington's home

-  etc.

There are about 20 or so prints.  Do you have a rough idea as to their value?   An old man said he would sell them all to me for about $300 each.  I'm just trying to find out what they are worth and if it's a good investment.

He's also got a set of 29 etchings from the Confederate War he said he'd let go.   Any ideas?    Thanks."

Dennis, Sabina, Ohio, USA:  January 11, 2009

 

Questions

36

Update

Thank you to Dennis who wrote again, saying:

"I've just done a little research and found an identical complete set of the Elson prints for sale at 'The Old Print Shop'.

The item number is 30638 and they are asking $9,500 for the set.  This is a truly beautiful set."

Dennis, Sabina, Ohio, USA:  January 17, 2009

 

Questions

37

Spring

Joe Yates wrote:

"I have found a print of  horses under a tree with the title of 'SPRING'.  It is copyright S W Elson & Co and dated 1903, by Edward G Douglas Prinx on the left  side of the picture.

Can you give me any more information about this print?"

Joe Yates:  March 18, 2009

I don't recognise this print myself.  However, if you can help to answer Roy's question,  please e-mail me.   Then I'll pass on your message to Roy

Thank you.  -  Peter Stubbs:  March 18, 2009

 

 Questions

38

George Washington and his Wife

Barry Douglas wrote:

"I have pictures of Martha and George Washington.  They are both from A W Elson Co. 1893.  They are in color and there are gray brush marks in both their hair on both pictures.

George Washington

A W Elson colouered photograph of George Washington

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Barry Douglas

Martha Washington

A W Elson colouered photograph of Martha Washington

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Barry Douglas

 

Pictures Touched-up

People have told me that someone has touched them up. I have looked and looked at both pictures and I cannot see any reason to touch up anything. The border around the outside edge, is about 1 1/2", bright white.  It looks like it is a mat but it is part of the picture.

Label

Can you tell me anything about these picture and what they would be worth?   I think they are still in the frames they came in.  The tag of A W Elson is still on the back."

The label on the back of an A W Elson photograph

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Barry Douglas

 

Barry Douglas, Alexis, North Carolina, USA:  August 28, 2009

Reply

The brush marks in the hair look to me as if they may be just one of the elements of colouring these prints.  However, this is not a subject that I have any expertise in -  and I don't know the worth of these pictures.  Perhaps somebody will email me to tell me more about these pictures.

 Peter Stubbs:  September 4, 2009

 Questions

39

Minuteman Statue

Concorde, Massachusetts, USA

Donna Christie, Lebanon, Kentucky, USA wrote:

"I have an antique Sepiatone or Carbon (not sure which) photograph of the Minute Man Statue in Concord, Massachusetts.

The photo measures 18 ins x 24 ins. It is still in the original frame (24 ins x 32 ins), mat, and original glass. The mat which surrounds the frame has a makers mark at the bottom in the middle (A W Elson & Company). 

A copyright date, 1888, is embossed into the bottom right-hand corner of the photo with the name.  I know from my research that the statue was washed out a few years after this photo was taken and a replica statue was put up in its place.

I know this photo has historical value, it is in excellent condition.  Do you have any idea of its value and who would be interested in purchasing it?"

Donna Christie, Lebanon, Kentucky, USA:  September 4, 2009

 Questions

40

The Capitol, Washington

Acacio wrote:

"I have a carbon print by A.W. Elson of the Capitol in Washington.

   Carbon print by A W Elson  -  The Capitol, Wasshington ©

The print is size 20 1/2 ins  x 34 ins. 
The print with matte is size 30 ins x 43 1/2 ins.
The size of its original frame is 31 1/2 ins x 45 ins

Any information about when this print was made, how many copies and possible value would be appreciated."

Acacio, Dallas, Texas, USA:  March 14, 2010

 Questions

41

The Room where Shakespeare was Born

1898 Carbon Print

Randy F wrote, asking me  for more information about a carbon print by A W Elson, dated 1898, that he has bought in a box of 1890s photos.  Randy also sent me photos of this print and wondered if it had any value.

Question received from Randy F, Kewaunee, Wisconsin, USA:  March 20, 2010

Questions and Answers

Unfortunately, I'm not able to answer this question.   Over the last few years, I have received lots of questions about A W Elson prints, but very few answers.

So, I really don't think it is going to be worthwhile adding more questions or A W Elson images to this page unless I begin to receive answers to the questions already asked above.

Nevertheless, I'd like to thank those people who have sent comments and answers for this page.

Peter Stubbs:  March 20, 2010

 Questions

42

Native Americans and Ships

'The Coming of the White Man'

 see Reply 1 below)

Picture published by AW Elson  -  Native Americans and Ships
©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Mitch Durst, Keyser, West Virginia, USA:  July 15, 2010

Question

Mitch Durst wrote:

"Here is a 'Carbon Photograph' produced by A W Elson of a group of Native Americans looking at three ships in a bay (assumed to be Columbus). 

I assume the Elson Co. copied/reproduced this work from a old painting.  I am interested in the name of the picture and the artists associated with the original painting.

Any information would be appreciated."

Mitch Durst, Keyser, West Virginia, USA:  July 15, 2010

Answer 1

Thank you to Steve Strack for email me to tell me:

"This picture is titled 'The Coming of the White Man'.

It was painted by the Canadian Artist, Geo Reid in 1860

It depicts Champlain's fleet."

Steve Strack, Maryland, USA:  September 15+20, 2011

Answer 2

I found this print for sale on eBay at a 'Buy it Now' price of US$39.95 (=£24.76) + postage with a final date for purchase of 13 Jan 2013

It is described as a Photogravure by AW Elson (size ot given), 1914.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  December 14, 2012

 Questions

43

The Appeal to the Great Spirit

This photo is of a statue of a figure on horseback.

I found this print for sale on eBay at a 'Buy it Now' price of US$39.95 (=£24.76) + postage with a final date for purchase of 13 Jan 2013

It is described as a Photogravure by AW Elson (size ot given), 1914.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  December 14, 2012

 

A W Elson

Carbon Printing

 

 

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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photogrpahers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.  Details of who owns the copyright of photographs and other mateiral on this web site.

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Frequently Asked Questions

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