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Help identify this strange French optical viewer

This is a device that is new to me, I don't even know what to call it. 6 x 6" box, it has a concave mirror and slots to fit photos. Not at all like a Graphoscope. You position yourself behind the photo and view the enlarged image in the mirror. Rather clever, as you can see both the front and back of a CDV at the same time.

Does anyone know what this…

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Added by David McGreevy on May 8, 2020 at 20:00 — 5 Comments

Research: Roger Fenton Crimea salt print, question about labeling.

This is a recently acquired salt print, 'Col. Dickson, Royal Engineers' by Roger Fenton. It is mounted on the usual large 18 x 24" page. Rather than having the number printed in the title, it is hand written in ink on the obverse. Is this an early 'proof'? A later copy?…

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Added by David McGreevy on April 27, 2020 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Help identify the Photographer, Grenadier Guards

I am looking for any information about the Photographer of this recently acquired albumen photo: Sir Henry Fletcher being served by mess waiter Robert. Seller says it's from an 1853 Album from the Musketry School at Hythe.

Curiously, The Grenadier Guards website is selling copies of this image, but listing the waiter or location as Windsor.…

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Added by David McGreevy on April 14, 2020 at 18:00 — No Comments

Help ID this military CDV.

I recently purchased this CDV, the identification said only  "British".

The back is blank. Can anyone help me figure out this scene?

Thanks, David…

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Added by David McGreevy on December 13, 2019 at 21:30 — 6 Comments

Research request: A street telescope

I am looking for any information on this stereo view, a street telescope, View Saturn and Jupiter! No information on the back. I have no Idea about the origin, England, France, Italy?

Does anyone recognize this image or…

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Added by David McGreevy on September 17, 2019 at 23:30 — 4 Comments

Research Request: Grenadier Guards, 1850s

Can anyone help me identify this late 1850's Grenadier Guards albumen print? I am interested in finding out which battalion or regiment, and the location of this 'Guard House'.

Many…

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Added by David McGreevy on February 18, 2019 at 22:00 — 12 Comments

Identification: Crimean war officer

Looking to identify this Officer. 6 x 4 inch albumen print with no ID.  Grenadier Guards? I think that's a cap with plumage, and a sword hilt.

Many thanks in advance,

David McGreevy…

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Added by David McGreevy on December 19, 2018 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Identification: 'The Widow's Mite' cdv

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…

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Added by David McGreevy on November 10, 2018 at 22:00 — 5 Comments

Research: Lock & Whitfield Daguerreotype case, large, odd size.

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…

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Added by David McGreevy on July 19, 2018 at 22:00 — 2 Comments

Help identify the subject of this Maull & Polyblank photo

Hello, I am looking for help in identifying this rather artistic looking man. Maull & Polyblank Albumen print. Circa 1855-8

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?

Many Thanks,…

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Added by David McGreevy on July 11, 2018 at 18:00 — 5 Comments

Research request: help identify this 1860 Adam Salomon photo

This is a French photo, but I believe may have British interest. I am looking for any information. Albumen print by Antoine Samuel Adam -Salomon, Sculptor in Paris. He was a rival of Nadar. 

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…

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Added by David McGreevy on June 9, 2018 at 1:00 — 5 Comments

Information request: Identify the photographer of this portrait, Richard Chenevix Trench, 1857

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…

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Added by David McGreevy on March 19, 2018 at 21:00 — 3 Comments

Stereoview, is this P. T. Barnum?

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…

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Added by David McGreevy on February 13, 2018 at 1:00 — 5 Comments

Help in how to float an albumen photo off of it's mount?

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…

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Added by David McGreevy on December 18, 2017 at 21:00 — 7 Comments

Research: Hill and Adamson Carbon print, 'Redding the Line'

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…

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Added by David McGreevy on December 4, 2017 at 20:00 — 4 Comments

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 destruction.

I also assumed that this was one of Robert Howlett's…

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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 George Eastman House and The Ransom Center apparently have…

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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 "Complete Photographs" notes that Cameron made private…

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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 costume.

Apparently, he created all of the costumes for this…

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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

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