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Photograph (Collodion Positive on Glass) of an American Indian Chief, Taken in Canada, 1860

Inventory Number: 62711
Object Type:
Accession Number: 1928-72
Brief Description: Collodion positive on glass (ambrotype), enclosed and cased. Portrait of a native American chief, seated three-quarter length, facing front and looking directly into the camera lens, in native costume, holding a long rifle in front of him with both hands. Hand tinted, mostly in pink and red (faded). Enclosed in brass frame and decorated brass mat with shaped aperture. In a very elaborate wooden case covered in relief-decorated thin leather, dark wine-red on the edges but black front and back, gold-tooled borders outside and in, lined with a decorated green velvet pad. Two hook clasps. Leather hinge worn and partly torn, very fragile. An unusually sumptuous case and housing.
Primary Inscriptions:
Provenance: Presented by Miss Sarah Angelina Acland in 1928. The subject gave it to her father Sir Henry Acland when he accompanied the Prince of Wales on a visit to Canada in 1860.
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Material(s): Glass
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
138 105 mm