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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
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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
This came from a British album recently purchased in Derbyshire, containing hundreds of erotic albumen prints of paintings and sculptures, all…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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.
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…Continue
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…Continue
I am looking for information about an early image of the Rosetta Stone. Here is an albumen print by Mansell & Co., presumably from the 1870's. However it is not an image of the stone itself, but some sort of graphic image- a lithograph, a rubbing? I know that such images were made as early as 1800, but can find…Continue
I am trying to identify the sitter and the date. Apparently sold at Swann Galleries, May, 2015, identified as an unknown woman, (possibly Annie Chinery-Cameron), JMC's…Continue
Hello, I was hoping someone here can help me identify or understand this recently acquired albumen photo.I believe it is British, and shows a man, a dog, and a dead bird. Can't really tell what's going on here...Was the bird a pet-parrot perhaps? did the dog kill it? or is this a hunting photo?
Is the man…Continue
Hello, I am researching this photo of Rossetti by Carroll. Sorry for my bad quality pics. I believe it's an albumen print, on very thin paper, 5-3/8 x 4 inches. I know the original was taken in 1863, however, the back has a faint pencil inscription: 1873 Life photo. There is an identical print with the oval…Continue
I am researching these 2 photos, mounted back to back, from a British album dated 1858-1860. They appear to show a boy's prep school with many students, a curious tree/metal sculpture or scientific apparatus, and a military bridge- building structure.
Both are arch-topped albumen prints, 196 x 146…Continue
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Would anyone know who the photographer…Continue