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Auction: Photography 1850-2000, Friday 17 April, Cirencester

Dominic Winter's spring Photography auction comprises 225 lots and is strongest on 19th-century material with good albums and collections featuring Asia, India, Africa and Europe. Highlight of the sale is an album of 79 Hugh Owen photographs (lot 370, slideshow link available on request). The albumen prints were made in the 1870s from the original paper negatives of the early 1850s. This ‘Canon Cole album’ has not been at auction before having been fortuitously given to Bristol photographic historian Reece Winstone in 1962 since when it has remained in his family’s hands. A number of the photographs are reproduced in Winstone’s Bristol’s Earliest Photographs (1970) but many of these ‘art’ photographs are unknown as salt prints, making this a unique and important treasure trove carrying an estimate of £20,000-30,000.

Other photographers represented in the auction include James Anderson, Antonio Beato, Thomas Biggs, Bisson Freres, Bonfils, Samuel Bourne, Jane Bown, Larry Burrows, Skeen/Scowen/Apothecaries & Co., Alvin Langdon Coburn, James Craig Annan, Howard Coster, Edward S. Curtis, Frantisek Drtikol, Olive Edis, Roger Fenton, Francis Frith, Frank Mason Good, Pietro Guidi, John W.G. Gutch, Lai Fong, William Baker, William Henry Jackson, Yousuf Karsh, Rudolf Koppitz, John Dillwyn Llewelyn, Maull & Polyblank, Farnham Maxwell-Lyte, Angus McBean, Felix Nadar, Carlo Naya, Talcott Harmon Pankhurst, James Robertson, Shepherd & Robertson, Benjamin Stone, Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, William Henry Fox Talbot, Charles Thurston Thompson, John Thomson, Pierre Verger and film director Paul Morrissey. 

Dominic Winter Auctioneers

Photography 1850-2000

Friday 17 April : 1.30pm

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Thursday 16 April 9am - 7pm

Friday 17 April from 9am

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