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K2 WESTERN WALL and Camp OVERSIZE 1909

Lot 2170 Details

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VITTORIO SELLA. Western wall of K2 from Savoia Glacier, 1909, Sella number HK 133. 22.9x17.24" gelatin silver print, printed c. 1909, unmounted. Inscribed in pencil on mount verso: K2 from the West.

This glorious oversize print conveys the monumental power of Kt. Savoia Glacier was named and by The Duke of the Abruzzi, Luigi Amedeo di Savoia, on this expedition for his family line.

"Now began the attack on the wall . . . From the camp, to which we had returned after our work, we watched with the telescope the slow ascent of the climbing party." KARAKORAM & WESTERN HIMALAYA 1909 BY FILIPPO DE FILIPPI. NY DUTTON 1912 p. 248

The climbing party was situated at a huge glacial crossroads of Godwin Austen Glacier, surrounded by Broad Peak (26,414 ft.), K2 (28,251 ft.), the Golden Throne (23,990 ft.), Bride Peak (25,148 ft), and Mitre Peak (19,718 ft.). K2 rose like a pyramid of rock 12,000 feet high from the base of the glacier to the summit. The impression made by the extraordinary landscape, wrote Filippo, "was so strong, so moving, that no words can convey it to the reader. It was like no other experience; it provoked no recollections or comparisons. So inconceivably vast are the structural lines of the landscape, that the idea comes into one's mind of being in the workshop of nature, and of standing before the primeval chaos and cosmos of a world as yet unvisited by the phenomenon of life."

Sella's groundbreaking works of art from the Alps, the Caucasus, Africa, Alaska, and the Himalayas influenced Victorian aesthetics, and furthered scientific studies in the fields of anthropology, cartography, meteorology, and botany, and currently are used extensively in studies of glacial retreat.
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K2 WESTERN WALL and Camp OVERSIZE 1909

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Apr 27
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2170: K2 WESTERN WALL and Camp OVERSIZE 1909

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Est. $3,000 - $6,000Starting Price $2,500
Amazing Landscape Photography from K2 to the Matterhorn
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Lot 2170 Details

Description
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VITTORIO SELLA. Western wall of K2 from Savoia Glacier, 1909, Sella number HK 133. 22.9x17.24" gelatin silver print, printed c. 1909, unmounted. Inscribed in pencil on mount verso: K2 from the West.

This glorious oversize print conveys the monumental power of Kt. Savoia Glacier was named and by The Duke of the Abruzzi, Luigi Amedeo di Savoia, on this expedition for his family line.

"Now began the attack on the wall . . . From the camp, to which we had returned after our work, we watched with the telescope the slow ascent of the climbing party." KARAKORAM & WESTERN HIMALAYA 1909 BY FILIPPO DE FILIPPI. NY DUTTON 1912 p. 248

The climbing party was situated at a huge glacial crossroads of Godwin Austen Glacier, surrounded by Broad Peak (26,414 ft.), K2 (28,251 ft.), the Golden Throne (23,990 ft.), Bride Peak (25,148 ft), and Mitre Peak (19,718 ft.). K2 rose like a pyramid of rock 12,000 feet high from the base of the glacier to the summit. The impression made by the extraordinary landscape, wrote Filippo, "was so strong, so moving, that no words can convey it to the reader. It was like no other experience; it provoked no recollections or comparisons. So inconceivably vast are the structural lines of the landscape, that the idea comes into one's mind of being in the workshop of nature, and of standing before the primeval chaos and cosmos of a world as yet unvisited by the phenomenon of life."

Sella's groundbreaking works of art from the Alps, the Caucasus, Africa, Alaska, and the Himalayas influenced Victorian aesthetics, and furthered scientific studies in the fields of anthropology, cartography, meteorology, and botany, and currently are used extensively in studies of glacial retreat.
Condition
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Very Good: Edge wear and chipping, corner wear.

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