The Sentinels

The Sentinels

A magnificent towering stand of Eucalyptus trees (Tasmanian blue gum, eucalyptus globulus) is shown, most likely taken on the California coast, where the trees thrive due to moisture requirements. Considered a “moderate” invasive species, the trees have many fans but also detractors in 21st Century California. For scale, and with the shoreline in the immediate distance, the photographer has included the figure of an unknown woman wearing a white dress standing just to the right of the second tree from the left.

Based on another smaller example of this image held by this archive printed as a “Pastelograph”- a gelatin silver print hand colored with dyes that were the photographer’s own creation, this landscape most likely dates to the late 1920’s. This was due to it lacking Blumann’s 1932 F.R.P.S (Fellow, Royal Photographic Society) honorarium. This oversized later example, believed to be a gelatin silver print hand colored and varnished by the photographer, may have been an exhibition print.

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Image Dimensions33.0 x 25.5 cm tipped

Support Dimensions51.0 x 40.6 cm manilla “oak tag” type paper with impressed window

Print Notes

Recto: signed and titled in graphite: ll: “THE SENTINELS”; lr: Sigismund Blumann F.R.P.S

Verso:  Pasted pink Art Nouveau label (5.5 x 13.7 cm) on mount with Blumann’s home address of 3217 Davis Street Fruitvale, California: titled in graphite by the artist: The Sentinels.


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