Family history - 150 years ago

A mid-Victorian lady sits with her baby for a professional photographer: though I can't be 100% sure, my mother believed that the baby is my great-grandfather (on my mother's mother's side), Edward Buckle: if so the photo would have been taken in 1856. The lady is presumably his mother, though we don't know for certain. It is on glass, and appears to be a rare type of early photo called an Ambrotype. The emulsion is on the back of the glass, and is against a black background: if you hold the plate up to the light it appears as a very dark negative.The colours on the flowers are hand-painted on, and the photo is in a deep frame (as it's come apart I was able to extract the glass plate for scanning). The glass photo (out of its frame) is 89 x 109mm (nominally 3.25 x 4.25 inches).

The small photo on the right is Edward Buckle as a young man. It's a slightly odd feeling to be able to see an ancestor so far back - 150 years: of course my mother knew him when she was young, though I don't have any later photos.

Click here to see a large version of the main photo.

Posted: Tue - August 7, 2007 at 09:04 AM by Roger Wilmut          



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