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Photograph - Interior view at Crystal Palace with Crystal Fountain
  • Interior view at Crystal Palace with Crystal Fountain
    Negretti and Zambra
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Interior view at Crystal Palace with Crystal Fountain

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (photographed)

  • Date:

    1855 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Negretti and Zambra (photographers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    daguerreotype/ambrotype

  • Museum number:

    E.1205-1992

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 512M, case MX24, shelf 4

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.

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

Cased photograph - daguerreotype/ambrotype, depicting a stereoscopic view of Crystal Palace in Sydenham, interior with Crystal Fountain.

Place of Origin

Britain (photographed)

Date

1855 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Negretti and Zambra (photographers)

Materials and Techniques

daguerreotype/ambrotype

Dimensions

Width: 197 mm width including mount

Descriptive line

Cased photograph, daguerreotype/ambrotype, depicting a stereoscopic view of Crystal Palace in Sydenham, interior with Crystal Fountain, by Negretti and Zambra, ca. 1855.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Val Williams and Susan Bright, How we are: photographing Britain, from the 1840s to the present London: Tate Publishing, 2007. ISBN: 9781854377142.

Techniques

Daguerreotype; Ambrotype; Photography

Subjects depicted

Crystal; Fountains

Categories

Photographs; Great Exhibition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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