Y.M. Shepilova, Yu.P. Baskakova, E.I. Nosova, S.L. Itarilova. Technical and technological expertise and attribution of the portrait of S.A. Yesenin // Petersburg Historical Journal, no. 4, 2022, pp. 164–173
Originally the portrait of S.A. Yesenin was attributed as a photograph dated by 1925. The portrait was not printed on photographic paper, but on typographic paper, since it is too thin and puffy, with no emulsion or barite layers. It was confirmed by a study of paper properties and their comparison with the requirements of standards for typographic and offset paper. The uneven cut and lack of intense yellowing on the left side along the edge of the sheet of paper on which the portrait is printed, as well as the location of the image shifted to the left, seem to suggest that the sheet was cut from a printed publication. The 112×157 mm. size of the sheet corresponds to the standard size of small publications. Microscopy of the image showed that the portrait was printed by phototype, i. e., it is a high-quality reproduction from a photograph. In the lower left part of the portrait we can see retouching on the pocket of Yesenin’s uniform. The search for analogies revealed that this portrait of S.A. Yesenin is a cropping of a paired portrait with P. I. Chagin. This portrait is one of a series of photos with S.A. Yesenin, made in Baku in photo studio of L.G. Bregadze in 1924. Thus it is revealed that the portrait of S.A. Yesenin under investigation is a reproduction of a photograph, printed on a sheet of offset paper, cut out from a book, brochure or magazine. The date of the portrait was revised: 1924, not 1925, as printed under the portrait.
portrait of S.A.Yesenin, photograph, reproduction, image, phototype, сropping, P.I.Chagin, photo studio of L.G. Bregadze, Baku, printed format, typographic paper, offset paper.
Shepilova, Yelena Mikhaylovna — Research Assistant of Investigative Laboratory for Complex Analysis of Manuscripts of the St. Petersburg Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Baskakova, Yuliya Pavlovna — Junior Research Assistant of Investigative Laboratory for Complex Analysis of Manuscripts of the St. Petersburg Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Nosova, Ekaterina Igorevna — PhD, Senior Research Assistant, Head of Investigative Laboratory for Complex Analysis of Manuscripts of the St. Petersburg Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Starilova, Lyudmila Ivanovna — specialist in the study and promotion of objects of the museum fund, curator of ROSPHOTO.