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  • Photograph
    Claudet, Antoine-François-Jean, born 1797 - died 1867
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  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1840-1860 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Claudet, Antoine-François-Jean, born 1797 - died 1867 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    daguerreotype, glass, copper, tinting, mounted

  • Museum number:


  • 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.

A stereograph is composed of two pictures mounted next to each other, viewed with a set of lenses known as a stereoscope. Taken around 7cm apart, roughly corresponding to the spacing of the eyes, the left picture represents what the left eye would see, and likewise for the right, so when observing the pictures through a stereoscopic viewer, the pair of photographs converge into a single three-dimensional image.

Physical description

Two daguerreotype photograph 's in one mount and one frame, of a woman standing in a living room leaning against the fire place. She is wearting a long dress and is surrounded by art obejcts such as paintings, busts, statues and furniture.

Place of Origin

England (probably, photographed)


ca. 1840-1860 (made)


Claudet, Antoine-François-Jean, born 1797 - died 1867 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

daguerreotype, glass, copper, tinting, mounted

Marks and inscriptions

'E. G. Wood, / Opticians &c. / 117, Cheapside, / London / 76'
Printed and hand written on sticker on back


Width: 175 mm with of frame

Descriptive line

Daguerreotype portrait of a woman standing in a living room, leaning against the fireplace, attributed to Antoine Claudet studio, probably England, c.1840-60

Production Note

Probably unique


Glass; Copper


Daguerreotype; Ambrotype; Tinting; Tinting


Photographs; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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