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With a Photo of the Studio
1858, 3 August
Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs
Courtesy of Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs (Skylight Gallery Catalog 27, October, 23, 2008 #31)
Early, large hand-colored image of an Englishwoman, albumen or perhaps a coated salt print, ca. 1858. In old gilt frame with backing board bearing an advertisement for Vines Photographic Institution, Queen's Road, Clifton, Bristol and an attached albumen print of the entrance to Mr. Vine's establishment. Visible dimensions of image 8 x 6 inches (21x15 cm), dimensions of frame 12.75 x 10.75 inches (32x27 cm).
Including manuscript additions, the reverse label reads "No. 5928 / This Photograph was taken / August 3d, 1858 at the Photographic Institution, Queens Road, Clifton. Open from 10 till 4 / Proprietor Mr. H. Vines..." and goes on to offer additional prints, portraits of the deceased or infirm, stereoscopic images, images of artwork, and an "instantaneous process" used to photograph children.
The labels most notable feature is of course the attached albumen print which shows the entryway to Mr. Vines establishment, under magnification signs are visible on the gateway reading "Photographic Institution / Mr. Vines..." The print measures about 2-3/8 x 3-1/4 inches (6x8 cm).
Reverse label is glued to the wooden backing board, which has warps and splitting. For stability the board has been flattened and glued against a piece of stiff archival matboard on reverse side.