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The Chess Players

Artist:
Likely by Antoine-François-Jean Claudet (French, active Great Britain, 1797–1867)
Artist:
Possibly by Nicolaas Henneman (Dutch, Heemskerk 1813–1898 London)
Date:
ca. 1845
Medium:
Salted paper print from paper negative
Dimensions:
Sheet: 9 5/8 × 7 11/16 in. (24.5 × 19.6 cm) Image: 7 13/16 × 5 13/16 in. (19.8 × 14.7 cm)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Bequest of Maurice B. Sendak, 2012
Accession Number:
2013.159.40
Not on view
Claudet operated one of the earliest commercial photography studios in London. In 1841 he advertised the variety of poses people could assume before his lens: "Either engaged at tea, cards, chess, or in conversation." In this charming photograph, Claudet himself plays a game of chess. He sits opposite a top-hatted gentleman, who, pawn in hand, contemplates his next move.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on print, verso BLC: "x300437.0019"
[...]; James and Elise Blair, Washington DC; [Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs, New York, sold to Sendak on August 27, 2003]; Maurice Sendak

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 67," February 9, 2015–June 8, 2015.

Schaaf, Larry J. "The Puzzling Chess Players." William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné, Oxford: Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University, June 3, 2016. http://foxtalbot.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/the-puzzling-chess-players/.



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