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Wilson A. Bentley

(1865 -  1931 )
BENTLEY WILSON A. A Snowflake And A Spiderweb

William Doyle
Nov 23, 2015
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Wilson A. Bentley - Selected Images Of Snowflakes

Wilson A. Bentley - Selected Images Of Snowflakes

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Lot number: 37
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Wilson A. Bentley

SELECTED IMAGES OF SNOWFLAKES

1865-1931

a group of 10 photomicrographs of Snowflakes, printing-out-paper prints, several signed, annotated, and dated in pencil on the reverse, circa late 1880s-1920s (10) Each approximately 3 by 4 in. (7.6 by 10.2 cm.)

These photographs are in generally excellent condition. These prints are very tonally rich prints, with deep saturated darks and somewhat warm highlights. The faintest silvering is visible in the darkest areas of a few of the prints. The reverse of the prints are appropriately age-darkened and lightly soiled. Three are signed and annotated in pencil 'W. A. Bentley / Jericho, VT. Several prints dates written in pencil on the reverse: 'Jan 23' (3 prints), 'Feb 22' (2 prints), and 'Feb 9, 1927' (one print). One print is also annotated in pencil 'N. 785' In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Wilson A. Bentley - Group Of Four Images Of Snowflakes

Wilson A. Bentley - Group Of Four Images Of Snowflakes

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Lot number: 399
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BENTLEY, WILSON A. (1865-1931)
Group of four images of snowflakes
. Gold-toned gelatin silver prints, each 3 1/8 x 4 inches (75 x 100 mm), unsigned but with Bentley's pencil annotations as to date;
Together with a gelatin silver print on postcard stock
of a snowflake composite, 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches (87 x 138 mm), signed in pencil by Bentley with his location (Jericho, Vt.).
Fine condition
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Wilson A. Bentley - An Album With 25 Photographs Of Snowflakes

Wilson A. Bentley - An Album With 25 Photographs Of Snowflakes

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Lot number: 21
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WILSON A. BENTLEY (1865-1931)
An album with 25 photographs of snowflakes.
Gold-chloride toned microphotographs from glass plate negatives, each approximately 4x3 inches (10.2x7.6 cm.), all but one with Bentley's signature and many with his notation ARP or MBN, in ink or in pencil, on verso; 2 also with a date, on recto or verso, and one of these with Bentley's notation "wonderful," also on verso. Oblong 8vo, paper leatherette album with a tied binding, the photographs arranged 2 per page in black photo corners. 1888-1927
Wilson A. Bentley - A Snowflake And A Spiderweb

Wilson A. Bentley - A Snowflake And A Spiderweb

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Lot number: 667
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BENTLEY, WILSON A. (1865-1931)
Two images; a snowflake and a spiderweb
. Two gelatin silver prints, 7 5/8 x 9 1/2 inches (196 x 243 mm), the spider web identified in ink on rear (not in Bentley's hand).
Very minor wear, mostly marginal
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Two remarkable images by Bentley, a Vermont farmer, who in 1885 became the first person to photograph a single snow crystal. He recorded about 5,000 in all, discovering in the process that no two are alike, possibly the first time that this observation had been made. To create the images, he used a microscope attached to a bellows camera.
Wilson A. Bentley - Selected Images Of Snowflakes

Wilson A. Bentley - Selected Images Of Snowflakes

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Lot number: 50
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Wilson A. Bentley

1865-1931

SELECTED IMAGES OF SNOWFLAKES

a group of 10 photomicrographs of Snowflakes, Frost Patterns, and A Snow Crystal Montage, printing-out-paper prints, several with notations in pencil on the reverse, circa late 1880s (10)
Each approximately 3 by 4 in. (7.6 by 10.2 cm.)
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