Mr. and Mrs. William E. Woodruff - Ambrotype

Mr. and Mrs. William E. Woodruff - Ambrotype

Artist: Photographer unknown
Type: Negative on glass
Year: 1850-1860
Size/Dimensions: H: 4.75", W: 6"
Origin: Gift of Miss Willie Woodruff
Accession Number: 45.5.2

First patented in America in 1854, the ambrotype chronologically followed the daguerreotype as the second of the five most popular forms of photography. While ambrotypes" heyday lasted only a brief time in some areas, in Arkansas ambrotypes remained a popular form of photography well into the 1860s. The ambrotype was a thin collodion negative on glass. Once processed, it was placed against a black background and the negative image would appear positive without resorting to printmaking.

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Mr. and Mrs. William E. Woodruff - Ambrotype