Photographic positive, stereoscopic studio portrait, hand-tinted ambrotype of Dr Charles Nathan, Sydney Hospital's first honorary surgeon, collodion / paint / glass / wood / paper / metal / velvet, photographer unknown, 1854-1865
Two ambrotype images showing a 3/4 length portrait of a man photographed seated in a studio setting. The man wears a suit and tie and rests his right elbow on the small table beside him. Two books can be seen on the table which is covered with a table cloth. Both images have been hand tinted with his cheeks pink and the tablecloth green. The ambrotypes are enclosed in a hinged case made from wood that has been covered in leather. The case opens to reveal the ambrotypes on the right hand side. The ambrotypes are each framed in an oval brass mat. A glass panel sits over the top of the brass mat. On the opposite side of the case is a hinged panel covered in leather that features two circular glass lenses. The viewer can look through the lenses to create the illusion of a single three dimensional image. A metal clasp on the side of the case allows it to be closed securely.