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H. Mark Anthony, British, (active 1817–1886)
Wild Flowers, c. 1857
Albumen print on Paper
8 3/8 in. x 6 1/4 in. (21.27 cm x 15.88 cm)


Object Type: Photography
Technique: Albumen Print
Creation Place: Europe, British
Credit Line: Gift of Sharon Walther Blasgen '64 and Michael Blasgen
Accession Number: 2005.11.5


Commentary
Image is accompanied by a page of printed poetry. Published in "Photographic Album for the Year 1857."

Object Description
British photographer Mark Anthony is best known for his pictorialist portraiture. There is a double-sided one page accompaniment to this photograph which has descriptive information and a poem by Mrs. Sigourney.

The descriptive text reads, "Taken on Collodian, June, 1856; weather, sunny morning; Exposure twenty-five seconds; developed with Pyrogallic Acid. Lens, French (name unknown); focal length fifteen images; diameter, combination, four and a half and six inches; Diapragm one inch. Printed on Toogood's plain paper, Ammonio-Nitrate of Silver and Sel d'Or toning bath, by Spencer.

The poem by Mrs Sigourney: The flowers were beautiful to me, When childhood lured the way Along the green and sunny slope, Or through the groves to stray. They were to me as playmates dear, And when upon my knee I whisper’d to them in their beds, Methought they answer’d me. Then countless gay and fairy forms Gleamed by on pinions rare, And many a castle’s turret bright Was pictured on the air. For fancy held me so in thrall, And peopled every scene, That flowers might only fill the space, A thousand joys between.

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