Tintype portrait of a young girl, 1860s.
[Probably USA : photographer unidentified, mid to late 1860s]. Sixth-plate tintype photograph with hand colouring, 66 x 53 mm (sight), in its original ormulu (copper foil) preserver with pressed design (82 x 69 mm), verso with remnants of the original paper-waste backing (suggesting an American origin); the tintype has some light surface marks, but is overall in very good condition, as is the preserver.
This studio tintype is beautifully composed and lit. The young sitter’s cheeks are delicately hand tinted in rose and her tiny brooch is highlighted in gold; in extremely sharp focus, she seems to almost float on her chair above the Italianate balustrade in the studio’s painted backdrop.
An exquisite Civil War-era child portrait.