Large Victorian family tintype. 1870.


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Large tintype depicting a family from the Victorian era.
Notice that the father and two sons are seated while the mother and daughter are standing behind.
18 x 13 cm or 7 1/4 x 5 inches.
oval mark of the old frame (see photos).
Good general condition despite some signs of wear (see photos).
Around 1860-1870.

The Ferrotype process was developed by the Frenchman Adolphe Alexandre Martin (1824-1896) who was looking for a process to improve the work of engraving on plates for printers.
Like the ambrotype, the tintype uses a photosensitive collodion base. This is spread on a 0.15 mm thick iron plate which has been previously covered with black varnish.
Simple, fast, inexpensive, the Ferrotype was a huge commercial success and lasted until the eve of the Second World War in Europe.
Like other types of black and white images, Tintypes can be enhanced with colors applied with a brush by artisan photographers.

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