Jan 12, 2007

Bear Lake, LVRR

Lehigh Valley Railroad

Bear Lake, LVRR

c. 1898–99

William H. Rau

(American, 1855–1920)

Albumen print from gelatin dry plate negative

Image: 43.5 x 51.9 cm (17 1/8 x 20 7/16 in.); Paper: 45.3 x 53.7 cm (17 13/16 x 21 1/8 in.); Matted: 55.9 x 66 cm (22 x 26 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1988.88



A distinguished commercial and documentary landscape photographer in Philadelphia, William H. Rau was commissioned in the 1890s by the Lehigh Valley Railroad to execute a series of scenic views along a new line. Realizing photography's advertising potential, the railroad company employed Rau to select picturesque subjects that might be seen while traveling by rail. Contact-printed from a mammoth plate negative, the landscape's shapes, textures, and tonal ranges are richly detailed.

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