|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. On the verso of the print in red crayon is the text 'Helbufera e1 e2' [Sic]. We can not trace this as a reference to a particular crater but it looks like the double crater located next to the Hortensius bowl in the northern part of the Mare Insularum. Or possibly part of the Abulfeda Crater Chain.
The edges of the crater have been highlighted in white crayon and the shadows shaded in graphite.
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 inscriptions on verso in red crayon as listed above and 'de K' in pencil to top left corner on verso.