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Tree Ferns, New Zealand


Vintage albumen print, vignetted view of New Zealand scenery attributed to "F.A.C." (Frank Arnold Coxhead) circa 1882. Image titled faintly in the negative "N. Z. Ferns 368". Mounted on a gray period album page measuring 11 x 13.5 inches (28x34 cm) with period inscription in ink "Tree Ferns / Australia and New Zealand". Print size 7.75 x 6 inches (20x15 cm).   Price: $160.   ( Inventory# ic749.26 )


This print was found in album with other New Zealand views in similar vignetted format and having the visible signature "FAC" which indicates authorship by the noted New Zealand photographer Frank Arnold Coxhead. I believe this image is also by Coxhead.

CONDITION: Print in excellent condition with strong tones. Mount may have browning, chipping or other minor imperfections at edges.

This photograph comes from a group of travel albums descending from the family of Charles Goddard Weld (1857-1911) and believed to be Weld's personal albums, as several bear his bookplate. Weld, a Boston-area physician, traveled to the East at the end of the 19th century and had important connections to Asian art as well as to the photographer Edward Curtis. He donated a collection of over 100 original Curtis images to the Peabody Essex Museum of Salem, Massachusetts and an important collection of Asian art to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. These photographs were likely gathered by Weld during his travels in the East.

Below: Book plate from one of Weld's travel albums:


Last updated January 17, 2018
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