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I am looking to find the photographer of this image, a British cdv labeled 'The Widow's Mite'. It reminds me of Rejlander's genre scenes, but I have been unsuccessful in finding anything about it. No back mark. I have blurred out the…Continue
Hello, I am seeking information about this leather case, marked Lock & Whitfield, 178 Regent Street. It looks like an average daguerreotype case, but the size is very large, and doesn't seem to correlate to known sizes.
The exterior is 18.3cm x 15.8cm. (7-1/8 x 6-1/4 in.)
The glass inside is 16.5 x 14 cm. (6-1/2 x 5-1/5 in.)
I know Lock and Whitfield…Continue
I have searched the National Portrait Gallery, The Science Museum, The Getty, The Met collection, etc. , to no avail.
There doesn't seem to be a complete database of these anywhere.. Does anyone know who this is?
This print was sold in New york, 1996, by the Lunn gallery, Ltd. As stated in their catalogue, 'Isabelle, May be the daughter of Franz Liszt'. I have no idea if this is true, but…Continue
I am seeking information about this albumen portrait. I believe this is Richard Chenevix Trench 1836-1861, one of the many children of Richard Chenevix Trench, Irish poet and Anglican Archbishop. The son tragically died at age 25. My main interest is the photographer. Does any member recognize a style or size that may lead to identify the photographer? The image is 19.5 x…Continue
I recently purchased this stereoview, apparently made in the UK. It looks to be 1850s- early 1860s. I believe this may be a portrait of he great P. T. Barnum, There is no written information on it. I do know that Barnum regularly travelled to England during his career. perhaps he meant this as a kind of advertising. His jaunty stance seems in keeping with other photos of…Continue
Hello fellow British Photo History Members, A very Happy Holidays and New Years to you all! I am seeking information about how to 'float' an albumen photograph off of it's mount. Here I have an early English of French photograph, 22 x 17cm, showing a great old tree, with a few young people, bottom left.
I think that it is either a varnished salt print, or an 1850s…Continue
Hello, I am looking for information about this carbon print of Hill and Adams's Redding the Line. I understand that these carbon prints were made around 1916 by Jessie Brown Bertram. Would any member know where I can find more information about Bertram? Where these made to be sold commercially? Did she print other photographer's…Continue
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 destruction.
I also assumed that this was one of Robert Howlett's…Continue
"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 George Eastman House and The Ransom Center apparently have…Continue
Added by David McGreevy on September 26, 2017 at 21:00 — No Comments
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 "Complete Photographs" notes that Cameron made private…Continue
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 costume.
Apparently, he created all of the costumes for this…Continue
I assume those came from Thomas Annan.
Does anyone recognize these fine people?
Many thanks, David…Continue
Added by David McGreevy on July 18, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments
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.…Continue
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 armed with a pistol, and maybe a sword? At first I thought that this must be a…Continue
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 is that because this is a square image, it may be a copy of…Continue
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 Science Photo Library…Continue
Although this was bought in the UK, I suppose it might be French.
Does anyone recognize this signature?