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William Bradford, The Arctic Regions, 1873

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A rare original 19th century Albumen photograph, Plate no.98, William Bradford 'The Arctic Regions', published by Messrs. Sampson, Low & Co., London 1873.

Entitled 'No. 98 Between the Iceberg and Field Ice, the "Panther" firing up to escape being forced on to the berg, as the ice-field was swinging towards the berg which was grounded.'

The Arctic Regions, published in London 1873, was of folio size and was limited to three hundred copies, each containing one hundred and twenty-five original photographs hand-tipped in to the text.

The American artist and explorer, William Bradford, having commissioned the Scottish steamer, Panther, set off from St.John's, Newfoundland, on the 3 July 1869 bound for Greenland. The vessel was laden with 500 tons of coal for the trip. Captain John Bartlett commanded the ship with his two brothers acting as officers, and a crew of Newfoundlanders. Bradford took with him the scientist-explorer, Dr Isaac I. Hayes, and photographers Dunmore and Critcherson from the firm of James Wallace Black, Boston.
Within a week they arrived at Cape Desolation on the southern coast of Greenland. On July 13th "a large party went ashore, sketching, geologizing, botanizing, and shooting...The photographers, too, were not idle. Taking advantage of the comparative quiet which was enjoyed under the berg's lee, they managed to take excellent views in all directions."

Fifty miles north of Upernavik the group reached Latitude 73 degrees and made a last call at Tessiusak, the most northerly station in the region. The vessel then headed for Baffin's Islands, passing Cape Shackleton to starboard and moving on to Wilcox Point. Now well into Melville Bay they viewed the great promontory of Devil's Thumb. While attempting to reach Cape York the Panther finally became stuck in the ice for two days and with no visible route through was forced to turn back at Latitude 75. The expedition returned to St.John's on October 3rd, after a trip of three months and five thousand miles.
J.L.Dunmore recorded some of his recollections of photographing the voyage in The Philadelphia Photographer, November 10th 1869. After some initial difficulties, such as a broken box of chemicals and two hundred sheets of glass cracked, replacements were made, and he was able to take pictures straight off. Once aboard he and Critcherson got a carpenter to build them a darkroom their method was collodion photography rather than daguerreotype, and consequently the albumenised glass would not keep for any length of time. Although Dunmore and Critcherson were the official photographers, it is now believed that William Bradford may have taken many of the pictures himself which feature remarkable views of icebergs and ice-floes, including photographs of the indigenous "Esquimaux" people and ships.

Bradford's masterpiece oil painting, 'The Panther off the Coast of Greenland under the Midnight Sun', was presented to Queen Victoria during his visit to London between 1872-74.
£1500.00  UK
$1884.90  USA
1752.75  EU
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DimensionsAlbumen print 25.3 x 36 cms, tipped on card 46.5 x 55.3 cms Date 1873  Mid Victorian Antiques Material Paper Origin American Condition Card has some acidification, Albumen in good condition Item code as988a036 Status For Sale

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