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Former Display Label - Lewis Carroll's Photographic Outfit

The outfit belonged to the Reverend C. L. Dodgson alias 'Lewis Carroll'. He took up photography in 1856, using the wet collodion glass negative invented in 1851 by Frederick Scott Archer. The glass plate had to be sensitized in a special tank (shown in this case) immediately before use, and developed straight away, and so a portable outfit of chemicals and utensils had to be carried when working outside the studio. Positive prints were then made at leisure in the laboratory at home.

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