An Arrangement of Tobacco Leaves and Grass
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Charles Aubry
French, about 1864
Albumen silver print
18 1/2 x 14 11/16 in.

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After working as a designer of patterns for carpets, fabrics, and wallpapers, Aubry formed a company to manufacture plaster casts and make photographs of plants and flowers. His detailed prints of natural forms were intended to replace the lithographs traditionally used by students of industrial design. This close-up of a delicate arrangement of leaves and grasses on a lace-covered background appears as if a slight movement of air could disturb it.