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Daguerreotype - Self-portrait of Horatio Ross
  • Self-portrait of Horatio Ross
    Ross, Horatio, born 1801 - died 1886
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Self-portrait of Horatio Ross

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Scotland (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ross, Horatio, born 1801 - died 1886 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Maj. Ross

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case DAG, shelf 14

Object Type
Daguerreotypes (an early type of photograph on a silvered copper plate) were usually protected by glass and sometimes kept in leather or thick plastic cases because the highly polished surface is easily scratched. The image is a unique positive made directly onto the plate without a negative, as in other forms of photography. Many daguerreotype photographers replaced miniature painters as makers of portraits as the process was quicker and less expensive.

Ownership & Use
Daguerreotypes were not made primarily for public display in exhibitions. Such small and intimate photographs were generally produced as private keepsakes and often remained within the family.

Horatio Ross (1801-1886) took up photography in 1845, although he is also remembered as one of the 19th century's finest sportsmen. He was best known for steeplechasing (a form of horse racing) and as a marksman. Ross and his sons represented Scotland in the National Rifle Association championships in 1863.

Physical description

Daguerrotype showing Horatio Ross

Place of Origin

Scotland (made)


ca. 1850 (made)


Ross, Horatio, born 1801 - died 1886 (maker)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 105 mm with frame frame with, Width: 10.8 cm, Depth: 0.7 cm

Object history note

Taken in Scotland by Horatio Ross (born in Angus,1801, died in Highland Region, 1886)

Descriptive line

Daguerreotype self portrait of Horatio Ross taken in Scotland by Horatio Ross, ca. 1850

Labels and date

British Galleries:

Daguerreotypes are the earliest widely known photographs: their startling clarity is still impressive. The image is made on a brightly polished sheet of silvered copper. This process was initially used almost entirely for commercial portraiture. The photographs here by an early amateur, Horatio Ross, show a self-portrait and a fishing scene, prototypes of the ever-popular 'family snapshot'. [27/03/2003]





Subjects depicted

Men; Portraits


Photographs; Portraits; Scotland; Sport


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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