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Glass plate negatives

Albert and Victoria’s collection of glass plate negatives show photographers’ working methods


Charles Kean and Carlotta Leclercq as Leontes and Perdita


Wet collodion negative | 25.3 x 20.3 cm (whole object) | RCIN 2084931

10" x 8" glass plate negative showing actor Charles Kean and actress Carlotta Leclercq as Leontes and Perdita in The Winter's Tale. Leclercq is wearing a dress with veil and a flower crown and is kneeling in front of Kean, who is wearing an embroidered tunic with material draping over his shoulder and across his forearms. He is holding Leclercq's hands in his. 

The glass plate negative has been photographed showing the coated side and therefore the image appears laterally reversed. A hand-coloured print from this negative exists in the Collection (RCIN 2909968).

  • Creator(s)

    Joseph Cundall (1819-95) (photographer)

  • 25.3 x 20.3 cm (whole object)

  • Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Toys and Decorations
          • Theatrical costumes