704 Hanley Industrial Ct. St. Louis, MO 63144 , United States Call Seller 314.644.7066


Wilson Bentley (1865-1931) "Snow Crystals", 1900

$ 5,500
  • Description
    "Snowflakes" by Wilson Bentley (1865-1931).

    Three microphotographs from glass plate negatives, artist mounted to embossed cards, two dated verso in pencil; shadowbox framed with archival materials and museum glass, Image 5" x 5"; frame 10" x 10".

    Price is for all 3.

    Image is 2½" across on a 5" x 5" embossed card. This image is a slightly larger size and somewhat different color than the other two. It is undated.

    Image is 2¼" across on a 5" x 5" embossed card. Dated verso, "Feb 25 1900".

    Image is 2¼" across on a 5" x 5" embossed card. Dated verso, "1-29-1900".¹

    Wilson Bentley was born in Jericho, Vermont in 1865. He was the first person ever to photograph a snowflake. He was also the first person to suggest "no two snowflakes are alike". Throughout his career he photographed over 5,000 snow crystals, as they were called then.

    ¹In 1931 Bentley published a book called "Snow Crystals" in which he illustrated nearly 2500 specimens. Snowflake #3 is shown on page 52, reproduced here.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Documented elsewhere (exact item)
    Notes: Annotated and dated on the backs of the cards in pencil.
    Origin: United States, Vermont
    Period: 1900-1919
    Materials: Photography
    Condition: Good.
    Creation Date: 1900
    Styles / Movements: Realism, Black & White
    Dealer Reference #: 3471
    Incollect Reference #: 266714
  • Dimensions
    W. 5 in; H. 5 in;
    W. 12.7 cm; H. 12.7 cm;
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