Album of photographs, taken by William Dobson Valentine, probably between 1890 and 1900, of views of the mountains, fjords,
glaciers, waterfalls, and coastal villages of Norway.
Scottish photographer of landscape photographs of Norway. William Dobson Valentine, was the son of Scottish photographer and
publisher, James Valentine. He studied chemistry at the University of London, trained in landscape photography with Francis
Frith at his studio in Reigate, Surrey, and in 1860, entered his father's business, joined later by his brother, George D.
Valentine, who at that time specialized in portrait photography. The brothers took over the family business after their father's
death in 1879, and soon after, in 1884, George emigrated to New Zealand, where he became a landscape photographer. William
went to Norway in 1890, and there he created more than 1000 images of the country, which he signed "J.V., and published in
separate albums or sold through bookshops in different cities on the tourist route.
1 album (13 photographic prints) : albumen, 18 x 25 cm (album)
Photographs are mounted on rectos (and 1 verso) of twelve leaves of heavy beige stock; 12 of the 13 photographs are signed
"J.V." by the photographer William Dobson Valentine, with caption and stock numbers in negative along lower edge of photographs;
one photograph signed "Axel Lindhal."
Bound in bevelled, red bubble-grain cloth covers; gold-stamped cover title "Norge"; ornamental gilt corner-pieces; textured
white endpapers; all edges gilt. Bookseller's label affixed to front pastedown: "F. Bennett. Dealer in Norwegian Curiosities,
Photographs &c. Bergen."
Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige cloth clamshell box; spine label "Norway."
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