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Premier Georges Clemenceau of France seated at the library table in his home. He is fully recovered from bullet wounds after an assassination attempt by anarchist Émile Cottin., February 1919
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper

Creation Place: Europe, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, Fernando Barnuevo and Gloria Ybarra
Accession Number: P2020.6.348

Purchased by the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College on August 12, 2020 from Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

Clemenceau Recovers From Assassin’s Wounds: Premier Georges Clemenceau, the grand old man of France, is seated at the library table in his home, having fully recovered from bullet wounds. Émile Cottin, the Anarchist who tried to kill him, has just been sentence to death, France.

Louis Émile Cottin (1896–1936, nicknamed "Milou") was a French militant anarchist who is best known for the attempted assassination of Georges Clemenceau. At his trial, he declared himself a Bolshevik and later published a declaration entitled “Why I Shot Clemenceau”. He explained that his motivation for killing Clemenceau was the latter's unwillingness to allow Russian soldiers to return to their homeland after the revolution, sending them to Africa instead or even forcing them to fight against the Russian communists.

Credited in plate with typeset credit and title on label affixed to verso.

Ferrotyped prints are processed in such a way that they are shiny. The print has a sensitive surface, usually thinner, because it was put through a press while still wet.

Ferrotyped prints have a sensitive surface, usually shiny and thinner, because they are put through a press while still wet. Ferrotyping makes the surface of the photograph smoother. Light does not scatter as much on a smoother surface, so this increases contrast. That makes ferrotyped images better for press photography.

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