For your consideration, a historic black and white photograph circa 1905-1920 by Charles Henry Sawyer (American, 1868-1954), entitled “Oxford Downs”. The print offered is in good vintage condition with some loss of emulsion to the prints surfaces, age yellowing to parts of the image, and foxing in the mat (see photos). Original mat, title and pencil signature. Original frame scene and measures 13 ½” x 5” image size , framed measurements 22 ¾” x 12 ¾”. Charles Henry Sawyer (1868-1954) worked in the photographic Pictorialist manner; Pictorialism largely subscribed to the idea that art photography needed to emulate the painting and etching of the time. The black and white photograph offered at auction dates from Sawyer’s early stage of his career and reflects a non-manipulated approach to photography, as opposed to his hand-tinted later works. Sawyer resided in Providence, Rhode Island in 1902; Norridgewock, Maine in 1903; Farmington, Maine from 1904-1920; and Concord, New Hampshire from 1920 on. Before starting his own picture business, Sawyer worked for the successful Wallace Nutting Studio around 1902 to 1903. Originally he located his studio in Farmington, Maine, later located the Sawyer Picture Company to Concord, NH.
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