At Dusk

At Dusk

At Dusk dates to 1893, and was taken by the prominent Albany, New York Photographer Emma Justine Farnsworth-1860-1952. This is an example of a vintage platinum print which bears her 1894 copyright, registered at the copyright office in Washington D.C. on March 30th of that year. From Christine Peterson’s biography: …Farnsworth, who had modest art training, received a camera outfit as a gift one Christmas and began to use it the following summer. The earliest known record of her exhibiting photographs is the second Joint Exhibition of 1888, where three of her pictures were seen. Over the next five years, she also was successful in two newspaper competitions. Her work consisted primarily of genre scenes and figure studies….Farnsworth drew the attention of Alfred Stieglitz. In 1893, she once again showed in the Joint Exhibition, organized by the country’s three leading camera clubs (in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston) and was the only woman to win a medal, prompting Stieglitz to consider her the country’s strongest lady amateur. In 1897, her work comprised the second in an important series of solo exhibitions presented by the Camera Club of New York, of which Stieglitz was a leading member. And three years later, he included an image by her as a photogravure in the January 1900 issue of Camera Notes, printed in brilliant orange ink.

Farnsworth’s pictures were reproduced most frequently during the 1890s. They appeared in the American Amateur Photographer (1893, 1899), Photographic Times (1891, 1892, 1896, 1899, 1900), and Sun and Shade (1893). They were included in two deluxe portfolios of photogravures, issued on the occasion of Berlin’s annual International Exhibition of Amateur Photography in 1896 and 1897. Two years later, the Camera Club of New York also featured one of her gravures in its portfolio American Pictorial Photography I. More about the artist here.

Published: 1897: in:  NACH DER NATUR  PHOTOGRAVÜREN NACH ORIGINAL AUFNAHMEN VON AMATEURPHOTOGRAPHEN  VERLAG DER PHOTOGRAPHEISCHEN GESELLSCHAFT BERLIN:  Variant, In der Dammerung– a hand-pulled photogravure in the text showing the subject reversed and napping while she holds a small book placed opened at angle resting against window seat.

2001: Ambassadors of progress / edited by Bronwyn A.E. Griffith … France : Musée d’Art Américain Giverny … p. 154.; Exhibited: Ambassadors of progress, 2001-2003.

At Dusk

Image Dimensions10.75 x 16.25 cm laid down

Support Dimensions28.0 x 32.5 cm slightly irregular

Print Notes

Print Recto:  Platinum print glued to primary support; blindstamp l.l. in corner below print margin: COPYRIGHT  1894; l.r. blindstamp below print margin: J.G. FARNSWORTH  (for Justine Gourlay Farnsworth); u.r. some black ink hand coloring to small corner of print surface.

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The Library of Congress: 3 copies, including the copyright deposit of March 30, 1894. (LC-USXC2-603)


Purchased for this archive in April, 2023 from Robert Azensky Fine Art, Soquel, CA. with Azensky stating it had been owned by him for approximately 6 or 7 years- purchasing it from a “picker” of ours who buys from a variety of sources, including estate sales, flea markets, and secondhand store in the San Jose/Santa Cruz/Monterey area.