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E. J. Pointer, R. A. Mayall, J. P.  (British, 1839-1906)

While J. P. Mayall holds the copyright for all the images in Artists at Home, fifteen of the twenty-five published photographs were taken by his assistant, Frank Henry Dudman (1854-1918). Apart from his involvement with this project, very little is known about Dudman. In a note at the beginning of the book, the publisher, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, cites the photogravure process for its ability to produce pictures which are not merely absolute facsimiles of the originals, but which bring out admirably the middle tints so often found wanting in the photograph from which they are taken, and which have hitherto been a characteristic only of high-class steel engravings. [1] The process combines the best traits of photography and intaglio, affording the photogravurist the opportunity to either create a reproduction that is absolutely faithful to the original image or to rework, adjust, alter, and present the image in a new way.


[1] J. P. Mayall and Frederic George Stephens, Artists at Home (London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1884), n.p.