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Glass plate negatives

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


John Ryder (1814-85) as Polixenes


Wet collodion negative | 25.3 x 20.3 cm (whole object) | RCIN 2084935

10" x 8" glass plate negative showing actor John Ryder as Polixenes in The Winter's Tale. He is standing on a patterned carpet, facing front, wearing an embroidered knee-length tunic with fringes along the bottom edge, embroidered boots, a fringed cape and a conical hat. He has a full beard and long hair and he is holding a long sceptre. Plain background.

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