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Ambrotype of an unidentified woman and child

Image for Ambrotype of an unidentified woman and child
Created by
Unidentified
Subject of
Unidentified Woman or Women
Unidentified Child or Children
Medium
collodion and silver on glass photographic plate with unidentified tint
Dimensions
H x W (Closed): 3 7/8 x 3 1/2 x 7/8 in. (9.8 x 8.9 x 2.2 cm)
H x W (Open): 3 7/8 x 7 x 5/8 in. (9.8 x 17.8 x 1.6 cm)
Type
ambrotypes
portraits
Date
ca. 1860
Description
In black thermoplastic case with brass hinges and a gold medallion decoration and a purple lining is an ambrotype in a brass and paper preserver and mat of an African American woman with a white cap or headscarf in a patterned dress with a white collar and a brooch. The brooch setting is hand colored with gold paint. The girl, who seems to be about five years old, wears a checked dress with a pinafore and pantaloons. The girl wears a necklace, which is hand colored with red paint.
Topic
African American
Children
Photography
Slavery
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from the Liljenquist Family Collection
Object number
2011.51.11
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
Liljenquist Family Collection
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture