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[Archive of the French Medium Henry Mathouillot]

Unknown (French)
Henry Mathouillot (French)
163 gelatin silver prints in five albums, 61 glass positives, six glass negatives, seven notebooks, and related ephemera
45 Silver prints: approx. 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches or smaller
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005
Accession Number:
Not on view
(sold, Swann Galleries, April 19, 1997, lot 470); Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York

Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach. "In the Realm of Phantoms. Photographs of the Invisible," October 12, 1997–January 4, 1998.

Kunsthalle Krems. "In the Realm of Phantoms. Photographs of the Invisible," February 20, 1998–June 1, 1998.

Fotomuseum Winterthur. "In the Realm of Phantoms. Photographs of the Invisible," June 1998–August 1998.

From Swann Catalogue: Silver prints, approximately 45 are 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches and smaller, the rest mounted on album pages and are generally 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. 8vo, leatherette, light edgewear.

Mathouillot, an electrical engineer and medium, was the director of an association devoted to psychic phenomena. Séance photographs show Miss Foreman, an English medium, and the French mediums Mmes.. Receveur, Sartiaux, and Buttinger, among others.

Includes more than 140 photographs of séances during a 5-year period, many with him present comprising 3 albums containing 71 prints, each print annotated with copious notes as to date, time, and spirit manifestations; approx. 40 photos of Marguerite Buttinger at work, and additional scenes; plus 6 notebooks, including 3 with automatic writing; 60 lantern slides from the prints; in addition to 9 miscellaneous items, and a rosary,
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