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Glass plate negatives

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


Charles Kean and Ellen Terry as Leontes and Mamillius


Wet collodion negative | 25.3 x 20.3 cm (whole object) | RCIN 2084930

10" x 8" glass plate negative showing actor Charles Kean as Leontes and Ellen Terry as Mamillius in The Winter's Tale. They are both standing on a patterned carpet. Kean is wearing an embroidered tunic with loose fabric wrapped around the lower part of the body and one of his arms. He is resting a hand on Terry's shoulder. She is wearing a short embroidered tunic and holding the handle of a toy chariot.

The glass plate negative has been photographed showing the coated side and therefore the image appears laterally reversed. Prints from this negative do not seem to exist in the Collection.

  • 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