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Glass plate negatives

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


Ellen Tree (1805-80) as Hermione


Wet collodion negative | 25.3 x 20.3 cm (whole object) | RCIN 2084932

10" x 8" glass plate negative showing actress Ellen Tree (Mrs Charles Kean) as Hermione in The Winter's Tale. She is standing on a patterned carpet, wearing an embroidered tunic tied at the waist, with material loosely wrapped around the bottom half of her body, shoulder and arm; flower crown on her head. Plain background behind her.

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