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Vida Hunt Francis photographs

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1979_004-PA

Content Description

Approximately 2100 nitrate negatives, 500 original prints (mostly platinum), 1000 lantern slides, one folding camera made by Blair Camera Co. Photos by Vida Hunt Francis of international architecture and travel, 1891-1914. Photographer Vida Hunt Frances was a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who graduated in 1892 from Smith College. She studied photography and platinum printing with Charles Pancoast and John C. Bullock. Frances photographed throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, and was commissioned by G. Putnam's Sons to make photographic illustrations for The Cathedrals and Cloisters of France, an eight-volume work by Elise Whitlock Rose published from 1906 to 1914. Her negatives, lantern slides, platinum and silver prints, and papers all reflect Vida Hunt Frances' interest in architecture and art history. A 1976 exhibition of her photographs at the J. B. Speed Art Museum in Louisville is documented in a catalog by Nathalie Taft Andrews, Your Loving Vida.

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  • 1891-1914



3600 photographs (46 boxes)