KEPEK / A MAGAS TATRABOL.
Esperies and Budapest: circa 1885. A portfolio of 30 albumen landscape photographs of the impressive Tatra mountains by Károly Divald. The images measure 6 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches ( 159 x 108 mm.) on stiff printed mounts, each captioned in Hungarian and German. Oblong quarto, 10 x 13 inches ( 254 x 108 mm.). Loose in a pictorial red portfolio; age toning to portfolio. (Item ID: 2674)
The photographs illustrate the splendid snow covered peaks of the Tatra Mountain Range, its rushing waterfalls and streams and its spa towns and resorts. Visited by nineteenth century mountaineers and tourists, the Tatras were also used as lands for sheep grazing and mining. The Tatras, in present day Slovakia, are the highest mountains in the central Carpathians, with twenty-four peaks over 8,200 feet.
Károly Divald (1830-1897), a pioneer of Hungarian photography, made landscape and city views using the wet collodion process. His three sons took over his studio and became active in early twentieth century Hungarian photography. Hungarian Photographs: page 138