Sanguinaria (Bloodroot)

PhotographerLouise Birt Baynes

CountryUnited States

MediumGelatin Silver


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Flashlight photograph, Flowers, Plants


Image Dimensions: 16.6 x 12.0 cm
Support Dimensions: 21.4 x 16.4 cm

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When published as a full-page halftone in the April, 1903 issue of the Photo-Era, (The American Journal of Photography) this floral woodland study by Louise Birt Baynes was titled below the work: 


“Sanguinaria, from whose brittle stem

The red drops fall like blood.”


-These lines appear within the poem The Fountain, by American author William Cullum Bryant. First written between 1839-40, it was published in his 1842 volume The Fountain and Other Poems.

Condition: Corner losses to moderately thick, rough-surface gelatin silver print (possibly toned); primary support with glue lines on verso indicating removal from secondary mount; lacking signature.


Print notes: Updated listing with corrected title, date and confirmed attribution. When originally posted to this site in April, 2012, the title was Wood Violets  ✻ until confirmation made and changed in December, 2018. 


Provenance: Acquired by PhotoSeed in 2011 from a Beacon, New York dealer. 


Sanguinaria  (Bloodroot)