|A beautifully hand-painted ruby glass, sixth-plate ambrotype showing a matronly woman in a black dress with a white lace collar.
The ambrotype measures 4.2" by 3.4" (108 mm by 82 mm).
Housed in an oxblood leather half-case.
The photographer is John Frederick Davis, the earliest know photographer working in Nottingham. Originally an artist, in 1853 Davis opened a photographic studio at Bromley House, Angel Row, Nottingham. In 1860 he moved to a studio to Albert Street. (He and his family lived in Carrington Street). He was the only photographer listed in the Nottingham trade directories until 1855, when D.Clayson began operating at 8A, Short Hill. By 1858, there were 17 photographers listed in the city, including one of the best known, Byron of Ram Yard, Long Row.
The ambrotype is not in its original case, but has been rehoused by me. When I acquired it, it was in a particularly unattractive frame in which it had been mounted in 1969, but at least the image's provenance had been saved and the photographer recorded on the back of the frame.
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