A British Painter's Tableau

Remarkable English quarter plate ambrotype showing a cramped group of actors? in tableau, with a painter holding palette posed behind them, circa 1870. Housed in a worn leather half case.   Price: $375.   ( Inventory# eo27 )

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Many conjectures could be given for this unusual staged composition. One guess would be that the sitters are posed as subjects of the painter, in other words that this is an image of a sentimental genre painter and his subjects.

It appears that a grey paint was originally applied to background areas in image, which has flaked off in some places.

 

Last updated July 5, 2017

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