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  • Date:

    ca. 1840-1860 (made)

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  • Materials and Techniques:

    Daguerreotype, glass, copper, tinted, gilt mount, leather and velvet case.

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  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The daguerreotype process was introduced to the public in 1839 by Frenchman Louis Daguerre, and was hugely popular as a medium for portraiture until the middle of the 1850s. To create a daguerreotype, a silver plated sheet was given a light sensitive surface coating of iodine vapour. After a long exposure in the camera, the image was developed over heated mercury and fixed in a common salt solution. The image lies on a mirror-like surface and is best seen from an angle to minimise reflections. The surface of daguerreotypes is delicate and easily damaged, so professionally finished images were presented in a protective case or frame.

Physical description

One of two mounted daquerreotypes in hinged wood case covered with embossed leather. This image, on the right when case is opened, is a little girl seating and grabing her hat


ca. 1840-1860 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Daguerreotype, glass, copper, tinted, gilt mount, leather and velvet case.

Descriptive line

Cased photograph - daguerreotype/ambrotype c.1840-60




Daguerreotype; Ambrotype; Tinting


Photographs; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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