Souvenir De Londres
Image Dimensions: 10.5 x 14.2 cm | card frame border: 14.3 x 18.4 cm
Support Dimensions: 28.5 x 36.6 cm (unfolded sheet) printed on cream, moderately thick laid paper
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This remarkably printed screen photogravure-complete with impressed border- was published most likely in the early 1930’s by J. Arthur Dixon, a firm which specialized in postcard views. Showing several Hansom cabs plying their way on a rainy London day with the Houses of Parliament in the background, it is believed to have been taken by Misonne at the turn of the 20th Century. Used here in a four-fold card, presented along with Christmas Greetings and printed in red ink by letterpress. Card particulars, (all done in red ink letterpress) :
card recto: The Season’s Greetings and the best of Good Wishes for a Happy New Year
card interior, left of image: J. Arthur Dixon Isle of Wight
Made in England
card verso: “Souvenir De Londres” From the Original Photograph by Leonard Misonne
A similar photograph, (flipped to proper orientation) catalogued as London street scene, early 1900s, a gelatin silver print of unknown vintage, sold in 1999:
Sale 8597: 20th Century Photographs
1 December 1999
11 x 15 in.
Provenance: formerly in the collection of Wallace Edwin Dancy and presumed to be signed to him in an unknown hand.