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Glass plate negatives

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


Miss Heath & Miss Leclercq as Florizel and Perdita


Wet collodion negative | 25.3 x 20.3 cm (whole object) | RCIN 2084939

10" x 8" glass plate negative showing Caroline Heath and Carlotta Leclercq as Florizel and Perdita in The Winter's Tale. Leclercq is wearing a dress tied with ribbon at the waist and flowers around her head, across her torso and wrapped around a shepherd's crook she is holding in one hand, with the curved top touching the floor. She is resting the other hand on Heath's shoulder. Heath is wearing a short tunic tied at the waist over loose trousers, both garments embroidered with the same pattern. She is also wearing a conical hat with earflaps and has a pan flute hanging from a sash across her body. She is holding a shepherd's crook in one hand while resting the other over Leclercq's one. They are both standing on a patterned carpet with a plain background behind them, apart from a door partially visible on one side.

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
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Music
        • Musical instruments
          • Woodwind instruments
            • Flutes
              • Pan-pipes