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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
Added by David McGreevy on February 18, 2015 at 20:30 — No Comments
Would anyone know who the photographer…Continue
Does anyone know the true photographer of this image? I've seen it variously attributed to Thomson and A. Fong. Published in "A New History of Photography" Edited by Michel Frizot (Page 149) as "attributed to Fong".
My copy has a letterpress description below… and is listed as No. 321, so obviously part of a…Continue