Unidentified Woman Reading a Book (circa 1910). Heinrich Feistel, Germany. Photogravure, an intaglio printmaking process where a copper plate is coated with a light-sensitive gelatin tissue which had been exposed to a film positive, and then etched, resulting in a print that reproduces the detail and tones of a photograph. Photographische Mitteilungen. Georg Büxenstein & Co. atelier (studio). “No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.” — Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, the wife of the English ambassador to Turkey, spent two years in Turkey in the early 1700's. During her stay she wrote many letters decribing the clothing and habits of Turkish women - including a form of innoculation against small pox. In the center, a European painter portrays her in Ottoman dress in 1718.