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Photograph (Collodion Positive on Glass, Relievo Type) of a Woman and Child, c.1856

Inventory Number: 86465
Object Type:
Accession Number: 1944-1
Brief Description: Collodion positive on glass (ambrotype), relievo type, enclosed and cased. Portrait of a woman with an infant child, the woman seated three-quarter length, facing left, holding the child on her lap to left, the child awake and looking front. Hand tinted. The woman is isolated against a dark grey background, which is the relievo method of presenting ambrotypes. Enclosed in gilt frame and plain oval mat. Union case with heavy relief decoration front and back; decorated red velvet pad. Two hinges and one pressure clasp. Top hinge loose (and bottom one slightly in consequence); frame and mat affected by patches of turquoise-patina metal tarnishing, but photograph (cleaned in 1985) is in good condition.
Primary Inscriptions: Printed label in case behind photograph referring to union case patents of 1854 and 1855.
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
108 82 mm