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I have this Vernon Heath albumen photograph in my possession that I purchased about seven years ago here in New England. It's in its original frame and the photograph itself measures 19 1/4" h x 26 1/4"w. It's possible that this example is an enlargement from a smaller glass negative as I'm aware of Heath's innovations in this regard. Although, does anyone know whether he did employ mammoth plates?
In his book entitled "Vernon Heath's Recollections" (Cassell & Co., London, 1892) Heath writes in chapter VII, page 61; "I recollect two negatives that I obtained in 1862-one at Cookham, the other at Roe-Hampton:the former the horse chestnut tree at the angle of the backwater". Could this be that photograph described?
In addition, written on the back of the photograph in pencil is "Vernon Heath". I have no way of knowing whether it's his signature as I've never come across an example. But it's possible that this particular photograph was entered into a photo exhibition (London?) and that the person who received it wrote Heath's name on the back for proper identification as it hung on a wall or in an exhibition catalog. Does anyone have any information that might help me determine whether indeed this is the case with this photograph?
I thank you for your time and consideration.
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