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Chartres Cathedral—North Porch

A work made of platinum print.

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  • A work made of platinum print.


c. 1905


Frederick H. Evans
English, 1853-1943

About this artwork

Frederick H. Evans painstakingly planned his images of cathedral interiors and printed them equally carefully, on platinum paper that maximized the rich range of grays. The photographer and gallerist Alfred Stieglitz devoted an issue of his deluxe journal Camera Work to Evans’s oeuvre, writing that “of the thousands who have photographed cathedrals, none has imbued his pictures with such poetic qualities coupled with such masterful treatment.” Evans considered his photographs individual works of art at a moment when they were not yet entirely accepted as such, emphasizing that status further by carefully mounting or framing them. Here he surrounded his image of Chartres Cathedral with a hand-drawn border.


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Frederick H. Evans


Chartres Cathedral—North Porch


England (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1900–1910


Platinum print


Image/paper: 25.1 × 19.7 cm (9 15/16 × 7 13/16 in.); Mount: 50.9 × 34 cm (20 1/16 × 13 7/16 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by the Joseph and Helen Regenstein Foundation

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