Tasse Tee, Master Frank Jefferson

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Tasse Tee, Master Frank Jefferson 1898 - 1900; published 1910
In the 1890s Eugene had worked in New York on stage designs for the play of 'Rip Van Winkle', which starred the actor Joseph Jefferson. Eugene also specialised in theatrical portraits and the boy in this image has a studied poise which suggests he may be the actor’s child. Eugene manipulated his photogravures to enhance their relation to paintings and graphics – here he has darkened the area around the boy to emphasise the head and hands and, more strikingly, to give a glow to the elaborate little tea cup. This interest in intensity of light and dark is emphasised by the semi-transparent quality of the Japan paper, which allows reflected light to shine through from the backing paper. This photogravure appeared in the influential quarterly photographic journal, 'Camera Work', published by Alfred Stieglitz.

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Camera Work

A quarterly photographic journal edited and published by the internationally renowned photographer Alfred Stieglitz, between 1903 and 1917. Camera Work was famous for its high-quality photogravures by many of the most important photographers of the time.


A photographic negative is transferred onto a copper plate, which can then be manipulated like an etching. It allows for creative working and results in a wide range of tones in the finished work.

Camera Work, Photogravure


  • Acc. No. PGP 421.1
  • Medium Photogravure
  • Size 17.40 x 12.60 cm
  • Credit Purchased 2008