Sanguinaria  (Bloodroot)

Sanguinaria (Bloodroot)

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.

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Sanguinaria (Bloodroot)

Image Dimensions16.6 x 12.0 cm

Support Dimensions21.4 x 16.4 cm