Fishing at the Falls of Rossie

Daguerreotype
1848-1850 (made)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.

People
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.

Subjects Depicted
Daguerreotypes of apparently spontaneous outdoor scenes are rare, since the process was more easily controlled in a studio. This unusual image may well be the first photograph of fly-fishing.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Daguerreotype
Brief Description
Daguerreotype of Horatio and Colin Ross and Old David Dear fishing at the Falls of Rossie, taken in Scotland by Horatio Ross, 1848-1850
Physical Description
Daguerrotype showing Horatio Ross
Dimensions
  • Including surround and border height: 12.3cm
  • Width: 10.9cm
  • Depth: 0.7cm
Gallery Label
British Galleries: DAGUERREOTYPES
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)
Credit line
Given by Maj. Ross
Object history
Taken in Scotland by Horatio Ross (born in Angus, 1801, died in Highland region, 1886)
Subjects depicted
Summary
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.

People
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.

Subjects Depicted
Daguerreotypes of apparently spontaneous outdoor scenes are rare, since the process was more easily controlled in a studio. This unusual image may well be the first photograph of fly-fishing.
Collection
Accession Number
245-1946

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record createdMarch 27, 2003
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