Large Victorian era father and son tintype. 1870. 19th century metal photo.


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Large tintype representing a man and his two children from the Victorian era.
Note the laced boots of the standing child and the slight rosy coloring of the cheeks.
14.5 x 10.2 cm or 5 3/4 x 4 1/8 inches.
Good general condition despite some traces 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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