Figure Tragique Demachy, Robert  (French, 1859-1936)

First published as a treatise arguing the advocation of pictorial photography as a recognized art form by the French art historian, critic and author Robert de La Sizeranne (1866-1932) in the December 1897 issue of the Paris journal Revue des Deux Mondes. The work however was not illustrated, and criticism of Sizeranne’s writing on the subject was apparently severe enough for him to have it re-issued along with examples of hand-pulled photogravures and numerous halftone plates in a volume by the Paris publisher Hachette & Cie in 1899 under the same title. The work is illustrated with 7 full page plates described as photo-engravings executed by J. Craig Annan and the héliogravure atelier of Dujardin.

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Goldschmidt Lucien Weston J Naef and Grolier Club. 1980. The Truthful Lens : A Survey of the Photographically Illustrated Book 1844-1914. 1st ed. New York: Grolier Club. no 102