Athos, Porthos, and Aramis

Athos, Porthos, and Aramis

Alternatively titled The Three Guardsmen, the reworking of the title to this photograph plays off the 1844 French historical adventure novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, in which the 3 main characters are known as the three inseparables, photographer Sigismund Blumann has a bit of fun projecting and substituting the names of the novels musketeers: Athos, Porthos and Aramis, for a standing row of towering redwood trees in Washington’s Rainier National Park. The scene has been further enhanced with hand-coloring by the photographer.

Published: Cover: Camera Craft: November, 1926; Frontispiece: Photo Art Monthly: February, 1934

Athos, Porthos, and Aramis

Image Dimensions23.5 x 18.3 | 24.6 x 19.4 cm including black border

Support Dimensions43.5 x 31.6 cm oaktag type paper

Print Notes

Recto: signed in black ink in lower right of print: S. Blumann; signed in graphite on mount l.r.: Sigismund Blumann F.R.P.S.; titled in graphite l.l. on mount: “Athos, Porthos, And Aramis”; print made after 1932, the year of the honorarium.

Verso: pasted Sigismund Blumann paper label 4.7 x 14.0 cm: 3217 Davis Street Fruitvale, California “Athos, Porthos, And Aramis” Lithobrome


Sigismund Blumann, Fruitvale California: purchased for this archive in December, 2019 from his grandson Thomas High.