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Ambrotype of a woman and baby

Made in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1855-1875.
Photographic positive, hand-painted ambrotype mounted in case, studio portrait of a woman and baby, collodion / paint / glass / wood / paper / metal / velvet, photographer unknown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1855-1875

An ambrotype showing a 3/4 length portrait of a woman nursing a baby. The woman is seated and wears a dress with a full skirt, long sleeves and a lace collar. The baby wears a long white gown and bonnet. The portrait has been hand coloured with baby's gown highlighted in white and the jewellery worn by the woman painted gold. A pattern can be seen painted in the background of the image and a red curtain has been painted down the right hand side of the image. The ambrotype is enclosed in a hinged case made from wood that has been covered in leather. However the lid of the case has broken off and separated from the base. The ambrotype, which sits in the base of the case and is covered in a glass panel, then framed by an arch shaped brass mat. The lid of the case is lined with green velvet that features a decorative floral pattern. Two metal hooks on the side of the case would have allowed the case to be closed securely.
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