Three Friends, about 1860
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Three Friends, about 1860

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A collodion positive (ambrotype) of three serious- looking men, all seated and wearing hats, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1860. These smartly-dressed friends are pictured in front of a painted background of a grand fireplace. They are all in suits and have flowers in their buttonholes, perhaps indicating this was taken on a special occasion. The collodion positive process (also commonly known as ambrotype) was popular during the 1850s and 1860s. An underexposed collodion negative on glass was backed with a black opaque coating to create a unique positive image.

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