Sainte Cécile De Meyer, Baron Adolf  (American, 1868-1946)

This early religious study portrait by Baron de Meyer depicts a young woman (with halo etched in plate) playing a musical instrument, possibly a clavicytherium (upright harpsichord). The title makes reference to Saint Cécile, who was the patron saint of music and singers.

The 1896 international photographic art exposition hosted by the Photo-Club de Paris, its third, was held at the Galerie Des Champs Elysées in Paris from May 12-31, 1896. Like the first two years, an elegant photogravure portfolio was published in conjunction with the show. This portfolio contains 42 photogravures and one lithographic plate-depicting an Art-Nouveau style drawing by the French artist Edme Couty. All the plates were printed by the French Atelier Charles Wittmann. Copper plates for the plate impressions were prepared by Fillon et Heuse, two by Blechinger and one each by James Craig Annan and Walter Colls.