White Mountains | New Hampshire

PhotographerWilliam B. Post

CountryUnited States

MediumPlatinum

Year1900-1910

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Buildings, Farming, Fields, Landscape, Mountains, Landscape, Winter, Snow

Dimensions

Image Dimensions: 12.7 x 23.7 cm presented in original gray overmat with window: 22.8 x 34.0 cm
Support Dimensions: 16.0 x 25.9 cm glued along upper margin to light cream-colored, thin cardstock primary mount


 

New Hampshire Winter Landscape by William B. Post

 

In 1898, American amateur photographer William Boyd Post (1857-1921) moved permanently into his family’s summer vacation home in Fryeburg, Maine. He had just sold his seat on the New York Stock Exchange a year after his father had died. An active exhibitor since the late 1880’s with the New York Camera Club, his wealth and new life as a country gentleman gave him the opportunity to devote more of his time to the hobby he loved.

 

Photography scholar Christian Peterson, in his 2005 volume The Quiet Landscapes of William B. Post, states the artist first began taking winter photographs in 1895.  He would eventually devote a great deal of his time to the season, with his sublime masterpiece Intervale, Winter, taken in 1899, a direct nod to several of Peter Henry Emerson’s naturalistic winter studies which appeared in his 1895 volume Marsh Leaves. Later in the new century, Post continued taking winter landscapes, even writing about it for the journal The Photo-Era in 1910.

 

The winter scenic landscape seen here, showing a mountainside farmstead in foreground neatly framed by the peaks of New Hampshire’s White Mountains in the background, is believed to have been taken near Plymouth, New Hampshire.  To wit, attribution in graphite on the verso cover paper to the wood frame is inscribed: “Lincoln Clark’s (?) near Plymouth NH”.  

  

Print notes, recto: Signed by the artist in graphite at lower right corner of print: WB Post; slight water damage to lower margin of gray mat; assigned title by this archive for the work.


Print notes, verso: Signed in graphite in an unknown hand on frame backing paper: Lincoln Clark’s (?) near Plymouth NH; on print: marginalia (by Post?) relating to frame profile #’s, the color of the mat to be used (#411 gray mat) and dimensions of cut mat: 9 x 13 3/8 along with a truncated notation: very slightly darker ____. A separate small piece of cream-colored primary mount includes a bit of crossed out marginalia and adhesive remnants.

 

Provenance: Acquired by this archive in December, 2018 from a NH dealer who stated it had come from a Wentworth, NH estate. Previously, going back to the 1920’s, it had been gifted to a party from Wentworth from a Plymouth estate.

White Mountains | New Hampshire