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Hand-tinted ambrotype of a seated woman

Made 1850-60
Photographic positive, studio portrait, hand-tinted ambrotype of a seated woman, collodion / paint / glass / wood / paper / metal / velvet, photographer unknown, 1854-1865

An ambrotype showing a woman photographed seated in a studio setting. The woman wears a dark coloured dress with a white lace collar and a bow in the middle of the collar. She sits in a straight backed chair and rests her right elbow on the table beside her. A book can be seen on sitting on the table. There is a backdrop behind the woman that features a painted landscape scene. The ambrotype has been tinted with the woman's cheeks pink and the bow on her dress blue and pink.The ambrotype is enclosed in a hinged case made from wood that has been covered in leather. The case opens to reveal the ambrotype on the right hand side. The ambrotype is framed in an arch shaped brass mat. A glass panel sits over the top of the brass mat and a rectangular brass frame surrounds the glass. The opposite side of the case is lined with green velvet and features a embossed design of a vase surrounded by flowers. Two metal hooks on the side of the case allow it to be closed securely.
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