Three Views of A Palmer Bust

Three oval albumen prints of a female bust, probably by the American artist Erastus Palmer, taken from three different angles, attributed T. R. Ferris, Albany New York (publisher) and Peter C. Duchochois (photographer) circa 1860. Each on a period board mount approx. 14 x 11 inches (35x28 cm). Print size 9.5 x 7.5 inches (24x19 cm).   Price: $650.   ( Inventory# eo25 )

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Erastus Palmer rose to fame largely on the success of his sculpture "The White Captive" (1858) which combined neoclassical simplicity, high moral sentiments, and a degree of nudity previously uncommon in American artwork. His series of stylized nude female busts with allegorical titles known as the Palmer Marbles were illustrated in period carte-de-visite and other formats. In large format such views are quite rare and I have never before seen a series of three views. A similar format view in old framing was found which bore a reverse label for the Palmer marbles, as well as publisher's imprint for "T. R. Ferris, 795 and 797 Broadway, Albany, N. Y." Other photographs of Palmer's work published by Ferris specify the photographer as being Peter C. Duchochois.

 

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