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David McGreevy's Blog (32)

Question:Brunel, Robert Howlett, and the Great Eastern Explosion.

I have acquired a half stereo view, from the series "The Great Eastern in the Stereoscope", showing a scene onboard the great ship, after "The Explosion".  One of the funnels is clearly broken in half, and a gent in top hat is observing.

I assumed that this must be Brunel himself, viewing the…

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Added by David McGreevy on October 11, 2017 at 23:30 — 2 Comments

Research: 'The Confessional', Goodman, Frith, Gems of Photographic Art

I am seeking any information about this albumen photograph: "The Confessional" Printed by Frith, "Goodman Phot.

"21 x 16.5 cm photo on a 37 x 29.5 cm mount.

I am assuming that this was published in "Gems of Photographic Art" by Frith.

My attempts to find a copy online have been fruitless. The…

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Added by David McGreevy on September 26, 2017 at 21:00 — No Comments

Research; May Princep as 'The Neapolitan' By J.M.Cameron

Hello, I am looking for information on this Julia Margaret Cameron photo 'The Neapolitan' by JMC, 1866, depicting her cousin, May Princep. This is a CDV sized print, 8.5 x 6 cm, pasted to a paper mount, 21 x 16 cm. This image is not on a Cameron CDV mount, so apparently pasted into a private album.

Ford and Cox's…

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Added by David McGreevy on September 12, 2017 at 0:00 — 6 Comments

Research: John Dawson Watson albumen photos.

Hello, I am seeking any information about these two albumen photos. From my research, I believe that they are private photos of John Dawson Watson, RWS, in his April,1871 amateur production of Twelfth Night, at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

Watson was photographed by David Wilkie Wynfield, in ancient…

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Added by David McGreevy on July 29, 2017 at 22:30 — 2 Comments

Research: A Hill and Adamson connection?

Hello, I am seeking any information about these 3 Scottish photos,  The seller states that they "came with a group of later prints from original negatives by Hill and Adamson".

I assume those came from Thomas Annan.

Does anyone recognize these fine people?

Many thanks, David…

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Added by David McGreevy on July 18, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company, The Tattoo

I have finally pulled the trigger, and gotten my first tattoo. This logo has been a favorite of mine for years, Finally found the tattoo artist who could handle the details. I think that photographer's CDV back marks are so intrinsically related to early sailor tattoos,  Happy with mine.…

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Added by David McGreevy on May 1, 2017 at 0:00 — 1 Comment

Research: Royal Navy photographs

Hello, I am researching these photos of the Officers and Crew of a Royal Navy ship. The seller says they are from the 1850s, but I believe that these are more 1870s, or later, The two are unmounted albumen prints, approximately 9 x 6 ".

The photo of the crew is amazing, each seaman is…

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Added by David McGreevy on April 11, 2017 at 0:30 — 1 Comment

Research: Strange Image of the planet Mars, Royal Observatory

This is a real puzzle. a 10 x 10 inch silver print of an early illustration of Mars. At the bottom,  "H. Spencer Jones". He was the British Royal Astronomer from 1933-1955 at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich.  

I have no Idea why his name would be printed below a clearly earlier illustration of Mars. My Idea…

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Added by David McGreevy on March 15, 2017 at 20:30 — 3 Comments

Research: Dr John Lee FRS, FRAS astronomer, Hartwell House, unrecorded ambrotypes?

I am researching these two ambrotypes, recently acquired through eBay. They appear to be images of John Lee, Astronomer, Numismatist, 1858 and 1861, antiquarian, philosopher, et al. of Hartwell House, Buckinghamshire.

I can only find one actual photographic image of Dr. Lee, an apparent albumen, via the…

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Added by David McGreevy on January 21, 2017 at 22:00 — 3 Comments

Research; Ambrotype signature

I am seeking information about this quarter-plate ambrotype of a young lad. There appears to be an etched signature above his left arm. Constant? 

Although this was bought in the UK, I suppose it might be French.

Does anyone recognize this signature?

Many thanks,

David McGreevy…

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Added by David McGreevy on January 7, 2017 at 10:00 — 7 Comments

Research; Julia Margaret Cameron's Idylls of the King, A question about Enid.

I have a question about this albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron from her illustrations of Tennyson's Idyll of the King. Many years ago, I was offered my pick of several illustrations from the Idylls, I chose this image, "And Enid Sang", as I felt that it was a beautiful stand-alone image, it was in the best…

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Added by David McGreevy on November 1, 2016 at 23:00 — No Comments

Research: Fantastic 1860s portrait, Who is the sitter?

Hi, I am researching this 1860s British albumen print, It's a 6.5 x 8 inch portrait, with an irregularly cut arched top. I think the narrow field of view is just masterly. Would anyone know the sitter?

Many thanks in…

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Added by David McGreevy on September 27, 2016 at 22:00 — No Comments

Research: South Kensington Museum Albumen photo

Greetings. I am looking for information about this albumen photo, a student art room at the South Kensington Museum, which became part of the V&A. It has a Letterpress description, and the blindstamps of both the museum (Loan), and of the photographers Cundall and Downes.

The V&A has an exact copy, and…

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Added by David McGreevy on July 12, 2016 at 0:30 — 11 Comments

Research: British or French Nude albumen photo

I am asking members here for help in identifying this nude albumen photo. 20 x 16.5 cm oval print laid onto stiff card, with an ink inscription lower right: Octavie.

This came from a British album recently purchased in Derbyshire, containing hundreds of erotic albumen prints of paintings and sculptures, all…

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Added by David McGreevy on June 14, 2016 at 22:30 — 6 Comments

Identification: Notre Dame - A French Mammoth plate mystery

I am looking for any expert opinions on who may have created this mammoth plate albumen photograph of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. My apologies for posting about a French photo, but I feel that, given the expertise of the members here, this is my best chance of finding an answer

This is an albumen…

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Added by David McGreevy on April 18, 2016 at 23:00 — 5 Comments

Research: Egypt albumen, Photographer's monogram

Hello, I am researching this albumen print of - possibly  Karnak or the Temple of Mediate Habu. (Correct me if I am mistaken). What interests me is the photographer's monogram, lower left.  At one point, I was thinking it may be Frank Mason Good, but would appreciate some expert opinions.

Has anyone seen this…

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Added by David McGreevy on April 3, 2016 at 22:00 — 4 Comments

Identification: Maull & Polyblank portrait

Hello. Please help me identify this pleasant elderly gentleman, albumen print by Maull and Polyblank.

Thanks, David…

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Added by David McGreevy on March 5, 2016 at 22:30 — 5 Comments

Research: Victoria Coal and wood?

Hello. I am searching for information about this albumen photo. Does anyone recognize the location of this photo? It is a large albumen print, appears to be a coal station? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Best, David…

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Added by David McGreevy on March 5, 2016 at 22:00 — 6 Comments

Research: Curious Crimean War? Soldiers

Hello,I am looking for information on this albumen photo. I assume it is British, and also assume that these are 1850-1860 era uniforms.

A most curious photo: The gentleman seated on the cobblestones is wearing a fur hat, a paisley robe, and holding a dog! This group looks like it is about…

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Added by David McGreevy on February 9, 2016 at 22:30 — 4 Comments

London Stereoscopic Company CDV back mark- an odd request...tattoo.

Hello, I have an odd request. I am considering getting a tattoo of the London Stereoscopic company CDV back mark. I have been obsessed with this graphic for some time, but don't have a decent copy of it, and the images I can find online are of poor quality.

I was wondering if any members here could…

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Added by David McGreevy on January 6, 2016 at 21:00 — 3 Comments

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