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Photograph (Collodion Positive on Glass) of a Woman, in Tortoiseshell Mount, 1850s or 1860s

Inventory Number: 80667
Object Type:
Accession Number: 1944-1
Brief Description: Collodion positive on glass (ambrotype), enclosed. Portrait of a woman, seated three-quarter length, facing front, her left elbow resting on a table and her head resting on her hand. Extensively hand coloured, but largely faded except for the gold. Enclosed beneath an unusual multi-layered mat with deep oval aperture, the top layer being imitation tortoiseshell; old discoloured card and paper backing, probably original, with protruding nails. The enclosure has been neatly repaired with passe-partout binding; originally it perhaps had a frame and was hung.
Primary Inscriptions:
Provenance: Purchased from R. S. Clay in 1944. Part of the Clay Collection.
Collection Group: Clay Collection
Material(s): Glass
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
130 109 mm