This scene shows three men dragging a dinghy out into the open water near a set of mountains. It is bright yellow with dark figures along it, framed in brass and covered by a sheet of glass. An ambrotype is a positive photograph on glass made by a variant of the wet plate collodion process. Like a print on paper, it is viewed by reflected light. Like the daguerreotype, which it replaced, and like the prints produced by a Polaroid camera, each is a unique original that could only be duplicated by using a camera to copy it. The ambrotype was introduced in the 1850s. During the 1860s it was superseded by the tintype, a similar photograph on thin black-lacquered iron.
Size: 3 1/4" by 3 3/4" by 1/2".
Medium: Wood, Glass, Brass.
Artist or Maker: Unknown
Condition: Spattered repairs to the upper left, darkening to the brass, slight wear overall.
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