Brooch with ambrotype portrait of a man

Made:
c. 1860
maker:
Unknown
Brooch with ambrotype portrait of a man
      A brooch containing a collodion positive photographic portrait of a young man

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Brooch with ambrotype portrait of a man A brooch containing a collodion positive photographic portrait of a young man
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
Science Museum Group Collection

A brooch containing a collodion positive photographic portrait of a young man, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1860. 40x30mm oval picture set in gilt scrollwork mount; picture of young man's head and shoulders; pin back.

Brooch with portrait of a man, c. 1860.

The brooch contains a collodion positive photographic portrait of a young man, taken by an unknown photographer. The collodion positive or ambrotype process was in widespread use from 1852 to around 1890. Ambrotypes were considerably cheaper than photographs produced by earlier processes. Hence, they were important in the spread of photography and the development of a mass market for photographs.

Details

Category:
Photographic Technology
Object Number:
1990-5036/6735
Measurements:
image: 40 mm x 30 mm
type:
photo jewelry
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume
  • jewellery
  • pin - jewelry
  • processes and techniques
  • image making processes and techniques
  • photographic process
credit:
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford