|Method||Silver Gelatin Photograph|
|Artist||attributed to Gabriel Delmotte|
|Dimensions||Image and Sheet 90 x 120 mm|
A grainy, almost abstract, telescopic photograph of two impact craters on the moon's surface. The grainy nature to the image suggests that Delmotte was pushing the photographic equipment to its limits in order to document these two smaller scale craters at close range.
The surface of the photograph has been shaded and highlighted in crayon to accentuate the play of light upon the craters and surrounding areas.
Gabriel Delmotte (1876 – 1950) was a French Astronomer and Mayor of Masnières in the Nord department in France. He dedicated his scientific studies to the surface of the moon and authored the 1923 publication on selenography 'Recherches sélénographiques et nouvelle théorie des cirques lunaires'. The Delmotte crater on the moon, just north of the Crisium Sea is named after him.
Condition: Manuscript inscription on verso 'de K' in pencil to top left corner.