Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs will present important old masters of photography including Julia Margaret Cameron, William Henry Fox Talbot, Linnaeus Tripe, Roger Fenton, Girault de Prangey, Gustave Le Gray, and others at TEFAF Maastricht from 15-24 March 2013. The photographs span three decades from the birth of photography in 1839 through 1869.
The Norman Album by Julia Margaret Cameron (English, born in India, 1815-1879) will be a special feature. It is a presentation album of 75 albumen prints, from 1864 to 1869, assembled at the height of Cameron's career, as a gift to her daughter, Julia, and son-in-law Charles Norman who had given the photographer her first camera. The photographs in The Norman Album comprise Cameron's best. Her iconic portraits are all richly represented and include Charles Darwin, Alfred Tennyson, and John Frederick William Herschel. Her images share a sensibility with pre-Raphaelite paintings, and she is rightfully included in nearly all retrospective exhibitions about that movement. The Norman Album is being exhibited for the first time.
Selected photographs of Burma from 1855 by Captain Linnaeus Tripe (English, 1822-1902) include a majestic, dream-like view of the prayer hall of the Shwe Dagon Pagoda, Rangoon, Burma's most significant Buddhist monument. Burma was little known in the West when Lord Dalhousie, Governor-General of India, appointed Tripe to be the official expedition photographer to document Burma's architecture and topography. This body of work remains the most extensive early photographic record of Burma.
Historic images by William Henry Fox Talbot (English, 1800-1877), the inventor of photography on paper, include Two Men in the North Courtyard of Lacock Abbey, 1841-1844, an extraordinary pairing of calotype negative and salt print. A unique photogenic drawing, Adiantum Capillus-Veneris (Maidenhair Fern), probably early 1839, with its enchanting colors of lavender and mauve, represents the type of image first successful for Talbot, and dates from the year Talbot announced his discovery of photography on paper. It was created as a photogram, without a camera, by placing the botanical specimen directly onto sensitized paper and exposing it to the sun.
On 15 June 1856, Emperor Napoleon III's yacht, La Reine Hortense, docked in Le Havre. It would leave the next day for a nearly four-month expedition of the Arctic Ocean under the command of Prince Napoleon, the Emperor's cousin. Gustave Le Gray (French, 1820-1884) captured the moment with officers posed on deck, a striking addition to his maritime series. Prince Napoleon is portrayed in a fine 1855 salt print by Roger Fenton (English, 1819-1869) during the Crimean War.
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey (French, 1804-1892), an artist and Islamic historian, is represented by an extraordinary panoramic daguerreotype, Ponte Rotto, Rome, 1842. This dramatic view is an unusual size, in superb condition.