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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…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…Continue
This print was sold in New york, 1996, by the Lunn gallery, Ltd. As stated in their catalogue, 'Isabelle, May be the…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…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.…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.
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…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…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…Continue
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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…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…Continue
I assume those came from Thomas Annan.
Does anyone recognize these fine people?
Many thanks, David…Continue
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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…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…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…Continue
Although this was bought in the UK, I suppose it might be French.
Does anyone recognize this signature?
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…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by David McGreevy on September 27, 2016 at 22:00 — No Comments
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…Continue