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Wilson Alwyn Bentley

(1865 -  1931 ) Wikipedia® : Wilson Alwyn Bentley
BENTLEY Wilson Alwyn A Selection Of 3 Snow Crystal Studies

Swann Galleries
Oct 25, 2016
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Wilson Alwyn Bentley - A Selection Of 3 Snow Crystal Studies

Wilson Alwyn Bentley - A Selection Of 3 Snow Crystal Studies

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Sale 2443 Lot 22 WILSON A. BENTLEY (1865-1931) A selection of 3 snow crystal studies. Silver print microphotographs from glass plate negatives, the images measuring 4x3 inches (10.2x7.6 cm.), each with Bentley's signature, in ink, two with the notation MBN, and one with the notation ARP and the date Dec. 6 1926, in ink or in pencil, on verso. 1885-1931
Wilson Alwyn Bentley - A Selection Of 3 Snow Crystal Studies

Wilson Alwyn Bentley - A Selection Of 3 Snow Crystal Studies

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Lot number: 54
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Sale 2426 Lot 54 WILSON A. BENTLEY (1865-1931) A selection of 3 snow crystal studies. Silver print microphotographs from glass plate negatives, the images measuring 4x3 inches (10.2x7.6 cm.), each with Bentley's signature, in ink, and a notation "ARP" or "MBN," in pencil; one also with his additional notation "A Blizzard," in pencil, and the date Feb 26, 1886, in ink, on verso. 1885-1931
Wilson Alwyn Bentley - Three Of Snowflakes And One Of Frost

Wilson Alwyn Bentley - Three Of Snowflakes And One Of Frost

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Lot number: 133
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Wilson Alwyn Bentley (American, 1865-1931)
Four Photographs: Three of Snowflakes and One of Frost, c. 1885-1931. Unsigned. Gelatin silver prints, sheet sizes to 4 x 3 1/8 in. (10.2 x 7.9 cm), unmatted, unframed.
Condition: Scattered minor handling crimps.
Provenance: Gift of Alice Bentley Hamalainen, Wilson Bentley's niece, to the current owner.
N.B. In 1885, after several years of trial and error, Wilson Bentley succeeded in making a photograph of a snowflake by combining his microscope with a bellows camera. Working outside, he captured falling flakes, delicately transferring them to his equipment with a feather to delay melting. He produced over 5,000 microphotographs of snowflakes, as well as frost, dew, and other atmospheric phenomena and published over 60 articles on the subject in popular and scientific journals before his death in 1931.
Wilson Alwyn Bentley - Snowcrystals

Wilson Alwyn Bentley - Snowcrystals

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Lot number: 64
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BENTLEY, WILSON A. (1865-1931)

Elegant group of 7 snowcrystals. Gold-chloride toned
photomicrographs from a glass plate negative, 3x4 inches (7.6x10.2
cm.). Circa 1903-1910

From the collection of Mary Bentley (the photographer's nephew's
wife); to the present owner.

Working at the prismatic intersection of art and science, Wilson
Bentley became the first person to photograph a single snowcrystal
in 1885 by adapting a microscope to a bellows camera. Capturing
over 5,000 images of snowcrystals in his lifetime, Bentley
discovered the now commonly-known fact that no two snowflakes are
the same. (He was also the first American to measure
raindrops.)

Deeply commited to his work, Bentley wrote, "Under the microscope I
found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a
shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by
others. Each crystal was a masterpiece of design; and no one design
was ever repeated [...] I became possessed with a great desire to
show people something of this wonderful loveliness, and ambition to
become, in some measure, its preserver."

These delicately rendered "ice flowers"--astonishingly beautiful
and starkly geometric--are offered here, along with a group of
images of lace-like frosted windows (lot 65).
Wilson Alwyn Bentley - Selected Images Of Snowflakes

Wilson Alwyn Bentley - Selected Images Of Snowflakes

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Lot number: 129
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a group of 40 photomicrographs of
Snowflakes,
printing-out paper prints, 2 groups of 7 arranged on two mounts, with reduction notations in unidentified hands in pencil on the mounts, matted, and the remaining 26 individually matted, 1885-1923 (40)

CATALOGUE NOTE

It is largely due to Wilson A. ("Snowflake") Bentley's pioneering photomicrographs of snow crystals that the world knows that no two snowflakes are the same. In January 1885, he was the first to capture a photographic image of a snow crystal. Working with a compound microscope and bellows camera in his family's Jericho, Vermont, woodshed, Bentley caught snow on a black-painted board, examined crystals through a magnifying glass, and if he saw one that he liked, lifted it with a broom splint and placed it on a glass slide for photographing. Before his death in 1931, Bentley had photographed more than 5,000 snowflakes, half of which are included in his pioneering 1931 volume,
Snow Crystals
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