Standard Sixth Plate Size of 3.25" x 3.75"
This c1855 -1860s Portrait of a Matron of substance is housed in an intact maroon leather case with a rich burgundy velvet pad. Gild embossed lines outline both halves when opened. It was taken by J. Whitlock of Birmingham who's studio was at 110 New Street according to the gilded mark on the reverse of the case. The lady herself is dressed in a fine silk dress. Extra care was taken to style her hair in the fashion of the day. She is wearing Jet earrings & bracelets, the customary Victorian Mourning Jewelry. She was either a widow herself or wore these out of sympathy to Queen Victoria who had just lost her beloved Prince Albert and declared that only Jet Jewelry was to be worn by members of the Royal Court for 3 years after Albert's death. The condition of the ambro itself is generally good but there are some unexplained blotches as well as a few thin lines in the sleeve area caused by emulsion separation. Nothing terribly serious. The retainer is in 2 pieces which is not noticeable when the cased image is viewed. Focus, details & contrast are excellent.
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