Ca. 1880s. Thirty-nine loose albumen photos, mounted on card, including fourteen large photos ca. 18x23,5 cm (7 x 9 ¼ in), mounted on card ca. 30x36 cm (11 ¾ x 14 ¼ in); the rest of the photos are from ca. 11x17,5 cm (4 ¼ x 7 in) to ca. 5,5x9 cm (2 ¼ x 3 ½ in), they are mounted on card from ca. 16x21 cm (6 ¼ x 8 ¼ in) to ca. 10,5x16 cm (4 ¼ x 6 ¼ in). All photos with period ink numbers and captions in Spanish or German on recto or verso of the mounts. Two photos captioned in negative (“Punto Arenas” and “Long Reach, Estrecho Magallanes”), four photos with period ink stamps “Pedro H. Adams, Fotografo” on verso. One photo with a visible signature “Fotografia Diaz y Spencer, Santiago, Vistas de Chile” in negative). A few images mildly faded, one mount with a crease on the right margin, two mounts with losses of one of the corners not affecting the images, but overall a very good collection of interesting photos.
Interesting collection of early well-preserved albumen photos of Santiago, Valparaiso, the Strait of Magellan, the Chilean Andes in the vicinity of mount Aconcagua, and German towns in the Los Lagos region, with a strong connection to the German Chilean community. The photos were taken by the prominent 19th-century Chilean studios of Pedro Howard Adams (British, 1831-1899) and “Diaz y Spencer,” run by Carlos Diaz Escudero (Chilean) and Eduardo Spencer (American, 1844-1914).
Active as a photographer since 1868, Pedro Adams first worked for the studio of Eduardo Garreaud, contributing to his collections of photos, issued under the title “Vistas de la Patagonía, del Estrecho y de la Tierra del Fuego” and “Album del Santa Lucía.” Together with another Chilean photographer Francisco Cood, Adams exhibited at the Exposicion Internacional in Santiago in 1875. In 1876 Adams moved to Osorno in Chile’s Los Lagos district, where he engaged in agriculture and other activities and also continued to do photography. He widely travelled around the region and along the Chilean-Argentinian border, undertaking an overland trip to Buenos Aires in 1892 (see more about Pedro H. Adams and his studio in: Rodríques Villegas, Hernán. Fotografos en Chile durante el siglo XIX. Historia de la fotografia. Santiago de Chile: Centro Nacional del Patrimonio Fotográfico, 2011, pp. 65-66). Four photos from our collection bear the ink stamps of Adams’ studio on verso, including the smaller views of Osorno, Octay and Puerto Montt (all in the Los Lagos region). The other smaller photos are of the same size and mounted on the same type of card, so most likely, they were taken by Adams as well.
A smaller photo of a different size was taken by the studio of Carlos Diaz Escudero and Eduardo Spencer, which operated in Santiago in the 1880s. A view of a bridge above the track of the railway between Santiago and Valparaiso has a small signature and is titled “Vistas de Chile” in negative. A large view of Santiago from our collection was attributed to the «Diaz y Spencer» studio in the major research of Chilean 19th-century photography by Hernán Rodríques Villegas (Rodríques Villegas, Hernán. Fotografos en Chile durante el siglo XIX… p. 95). The other large photos are very similar in size and technique to the view of Santiago, so they were most likely also taken by the «Diaz y Spencer» studio.
The collection was highly likely assembled by a German resident or traveller to Chile in the 1880s. All photos from the collection have manuscript notes in German (either detailed captions or references to pages of a book or a manuscript). Several photos show the centres of German settlement in south-central Chile at the time, including Valparaiso, Valdivia, Corral, Osorno (“taken from the Frölich hill”), Puerto Montt, and Octay. Six individual and group portraits depict several European residents of Santiago, including the director of “Colegio ingles” in Santiago Robert Radford and his students, noted Chilean entomologist of British origin William Bartlett Calvert (1856-1942), “Herr u. Frau Petzold” and their daughters, “Koll. Georg,” and others. There are also interesting early portraits of Chilean indigenous people (Patagonia, environs of Valdivia and Osorno), views of the Magellan Strait and Chilean Andes near mount Aconcagua. Overall a historically significant collection of early original photos by prominent Chilean studios.
A list of captions in Spanish: Santiago; Valparaiso; Bahia de Valparaiso; Punta Arenas; Valdivia; Indios de la Tierra de Fuego; Long Reach, Estrecho de Magallanes; Glacial Shelter Island, Long Reach, Estr. d. Magall.; Corral; San Vicente; Puente de los Incas; Posada y Cordillera del Juncal; Union de los Rios Blanco y Aconcagua; Montevideo; Roto Chileno; Cacique araucano; Indios de la vacindad de Osorno; Indios de la vecindad de Valdivia; Osorno, desde la cuesta de Frölich; Rancho; Puero Monnt; Octai, Lago de Llanquihue, lado N.; Venta de frutas; La Cumbre [Paso de Uspallata]; Volcan Aconcagua, tomado desde una altura de 4000 m.; La Laguna; Valle del Rio Aconcagua; Posada al pié del Aconcagua; Volcan Maipo, desde el valle del Rio Diamante; La cueva de Robinson, Isla Juan Fernandez (Más á tierra).
Price: $3,250.00 USD