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Auction: two WW1 hospital autochromes / 13 July 2017 (UPDATED)

Special Auction Services's Fine Photographica auction includes two half-plate autochrome images showing First Eastern General Hospital on The Backs in Cambridge, c1914-15.  The auction takes place on 13 July 2017 at Newbury or online at the-saleroom.com. 

The description reads: 

Two half-plate Autochromes, of the First Eastern General Hospital on The Backs in Cambridge circa 1914-1915, possibly taken by J Palmer Clarke, interior view - wounded men, orderlies and nurses in newly-built open-sided ward, decorated with patriotic flags, and exterior view - with wounded men, doctors, nurses and orderlies, gardens in foreground, images probably used in production of colour postcards, G (2), with a linen-backed rolled-up wall chart showing graph of men treated, medical officers, orderlies, patients and death rates, 1914-1919, including small spike after the German 1917 Spring offensive and large spike caused by influenza coinciding with the Armistice in November 1918; the hospital was built rapidly at the outbreak of war, largely out of asbestos, became civilian housing after the war and was demolished in 1927, 2240mm long, only partly completed; see Cambridge University online documentary, Dr Sarah Baylis, ‘From the Front to the Backs, the story of the 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge’, 2014

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UPDATED: The lots sold for £550 plus buyer's premium of 15%+VAT

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