The French Bulldog “Ch. Qui Qui of Amersham”, photogravure after Maud Alice Earl (English, 1863-1943)
A photogravure of the French Bulldog “Ch. Qui Qui of Amersham” owned by Mrs Pelham Clinton, after a painting by Maud Alice Earl (English, 1864-1943).
This artist’s proof is signed in pencil, bottom left, “Maud Earl”. Lettered top right “Published on December 1st, 1913, by The Berlin Photographic Company Berlin – London W 149 New Bond Street – New York 305 Madison Avenue”.
It is from the "Whose Dog Art Thou?" portfolio. The series included a Cocker Spaniel “Peregrine” owned by the Countess of Lonsdale, the French Bulldog’s “Ch. Qui Qui of Amersham” and “Ch. Dinette”, owned by Mrs Charles Waterlow, the Pekingese, “Rosalie” and “Ch. Wingerworth Pi - Chi, Wingerworth Kou – Kou, owned by Mrs. Philip Hunloke, Sealyham Terriers, and the Wire Hair Fox Terrier "Comedian", owned by Her Grace the Duchess of Newcastle.
The photogravure is illustrated in "The French Bulldog: Heritage & Art" by Nick Waters, page 44
The creation of the photogravure plate was a complicated process requiring work by a photographer and experienced master-engraver. First, a copper plate was coated with a light-sensitive gelatine tissue which had been exposed to a film positive, and then etched, resulting in a high-quality intaglio print that can reproduce the detail and continuous tones of a photograph. It is a manual process leave a plate impression in the paper. The quality of the photogravure depends on the masterly execution by the engraver.
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