This is an interesting ambrotype of an older lady dressed in all her finery. She wears an elaborate fitted gown with tiers of pleated ruffles on the skirt and features of lace on the gown and the cuffs. At her neck she wears a full pale jabot. Her jewellery includes dangly earrings as well as a vest – possibly guard – chain (possibly of fabric or cord) which has a locket hanging from one section and a watch in a watch pocket. She is sitting on a fluffy rug on a chair with a book in her hand, posing against a painted scene in a studio. The image shows her details crisply but there is some tarnish around the edges. The mat is present but the outer case back is worn and the front of the case is absent. There is a small ring at the top so that this could be hung on a wall. This is an intriguing and detailed depiction of a lady elaborately dressed for the big event of having her photograph taken.
Quarter plate, half case. Case measures 4.8 ins (12.3cm) x 3.8 ins (9.7cm). Weight 82 grams.
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Ambrotype of Older Lady in Elaborate Gown & Jewellery, Half Case, c1880
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