1862 Albumen Print Josiah Johnson Hawes Arlington Street Church Boston Mass For Sale
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1862 Albumen Print Josiah Johnson Hawes Arlington Street Church Boston Mass:
Photographer: Josiah Johnson Hawes
Size of Image: 20 x 15 inches
Size of Mount: na
Condition: Rich tonal image, sharp, some light soiling/rubbing, light processing stain at left edge in sky, bottom left corner bumped with creases, corners bumped, flush mounted on period board which shows stress crack at back bottom edge showing at front as impression.
Other: Handsome, uncommon oversized mammoth plate view of the Arlington Street Church in Boston shortly after completion. Sometimes identified as Dr. Gannett’s Church on Arlington Street, it was begun in 1859 and completed in 1861, designed by Arthur Gilman & Gridley James Fox Bryant who also designed the Old Boston City Hall. The exterior is reportedly modeled after St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London. It is considered the first public building constructed on the newly filled in Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. An example of this image resides in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts collection with a slightly larger cropping.
Josiah Johnson Hawes (1808-1901) began his endeavors as a painter of portraits before studying the photographic arts in Boston with Francis Fauvel-Gouraud. He partnered with Albert Sands Southworth in 1843 forming one of the earliest and most important photography studios in America. He married Albert’s sister Nancy Stiles Southworth in 1849. By 1862 (some accounts report 1863) the partnership dissolved with Hawes continuing to work into the 1890s. A detailed biography of Hawes and Southworth can be found in Hannavy’s Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography.
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