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1850s (late) - 1860s (early)
18 x 24 in (45x60 cm)
Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs
Courtesy of Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs (eo228)
On mount 27 x 38 (68x96 cm). Bisson FrÞres studio stamp on image lower right and other identifications on mount.
Nothing helps to convent a sense of grandeur in undertaking so much as physically huge size in a print, and in this sense the present photograph and subject are extremely well matched. As a typical 19th century, contact-printed image, for those with a technical interest the background processes, the size and preparation involved in the required wet collodion negative is something frightening to consider.