Tuesday, 27 May 2008

An early tinted ambrotype

Image © and collection of Brett Payne

This charming early ambrotype has been more delicately tinted than the previous two examples, producing an engaging portrait of this couple. As with most ambrotypes, it has no photographer's mark, so I have no idea where it was taken or who the subjects are. The only clue is that I purchased it on eBay from a UK seller. From the pose and the style of clothing, I estimate that it was taken in the mid- to late 1850s, perhaps between 1856 and 1860.

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