Photographs by Mary Devens

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  • Photography



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A bound album of approximately fifty albumen prints, most 5 x 7 inches, exposed by Mary Devens in 1884. Some photographs are loose. Devens was a member of Alfred Stieglitz's Photo-Secession.The majority of these images are dated and identified. Of particular interest are the interior views of: 344 Beacon St., Boston, Mass. and 101 Brattle St., Cambridge, Mass., as well as approximately six prints of an unidentified summer cottage. The interior photographs document decorative elements of the period, including wallpapers (see loose images and pages 11 and 13). This album's photographs are of particularly good pictorial quality. Images also include: views of Oxford St., Cambridge, Mass.; Memorial Hall, Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass.; Palfrey's [sic], Cambridge, Mass.; Petersham, Mass.; and York, Maine, including Chase's Pond and York Village.


Descriptive Terms

interior views
landscapes (representations)
historic houses
photograph albums
black-and-white prints (photographs)
albumen prints

Additional Identification Number

album number 51

Physical Description

1 photograph album; 9 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches

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Collection Name

Photograph albums collection

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Credit Line

Gift of Lois Lilley Howe, 1952.


Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Cambridge (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Petersham (Worcester county, Massachusetts)
York Village (York county, Maine)

Record Details


Devens, Mary, 1857-1920 (Photographer)

Material Type

photograph albums
black-and-white prints (photographs)
albumen prints

Descriptive Terms

Cambridge, Mass
Boston, Mass
York, Maine
Petersham, Mass

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Homer, W., & Johnson, C. (2002). Stieglitz and the Photo-Secession, 1902. New York: Viking Studio.
Homer, W., & Stieglitz, A. (1977). Alfred Stieglitz and the American avant-garde. Boston: New York Graphic Society.

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