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David McGreevy's Blog – January 2017 Archive (2)

Research: Dr John Lee FRS, FRAS astronomer, Hartwell House, unrecorded ambrotypes?

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…

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Added by David McGreevy on January 21, 2017 at 22:00 — 3 Comments

Research; Ambrotype signature

I am seeking information about this quarter-plate ambrotype of a young lad. There appears to be an etched signature above his left arm. Constant? 

Although this was bought in the UK, I suppose it might be French.

Does anyone recognize this signature?

Many thanks,

David McGreevy…

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Added by David McGreevy on January 7, 2017 at 10:00 — 7 Comments

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