Farnham Maxwell Lyte Cascade d'Enfer a Luchon, Pyrenees
Medium Albumen print from wet plate negative
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1858c Print Date 1858c
Dimensions 10-7/16 x 8 in. (265 x 203 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country United Kingdom (UK)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
With the photographer's red inked signature and publisher Theophile Marx's blindstamp on the mount. Marx has written in the title and number (126 bis) in mauve ink on the recto of the mount. Marx, a friend of J. J. Heilmann, published the work of Heilmann, Maxwell Lyte, Stewart, Langlume and Denisse. He worked out of Pau and popularized the work of these Pyrennees photographers. A recent Christie's auction had an image by this photographer sell for approximately $6,000.
Farnham Maxwell-Lyte, FRSC, was an English chemist and the pioneer of a number of techniques in photographic processing. As a photographer, he is known for his views of the French Pyrenees.
He settled in Pau, and frequented an English circle, where he met a group of photographers, including John Stewart, Jean-Jacques Heilmann, Pierre Langlumé and Louis Désiré Blanquart-Evrard, who were known as the "Group of Pau".
He lived in France from 1853 until 1880. In 1854, he became one of the founders of the Société Française de Photographie, and he was also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.
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