1850s 1/4 Ambrotype Portrait Photo Prolific Californian Photographer R.H. Vance




  • Stunning Late 1850s Quarter Plate Ambroytpe Portrait Photograph
  • Older Esteemed Californian Gentleman with Hand-Tinted Pin/cheeks-Unidentified
  • Original Oval Brass mat marked “R.H. Vance San Francisco; Cutting’s Pat. July 4 & 11 1854”
  • Original Leather Case, embossed Velvet Pad “R.H. Vance’s Premium Daguerrean Galleries San Francisco Sacramento Marysville”
  • Very High Quality, skillfully produced image
  • Measures approx. 3-1/4″ W x 4-1/4″ H
  • Great addition for your collection!

Robert H. Vance-1825-1876 was one of America’s great early photographers, renown in the United States as well as South America.  He is most known for his work in California, where he was the prominent photographer c.1850-1860.  While he was most specialized in Daguerreotype Landscapes, his studios began producing ambrotypes c. 1855-56 due to their rising popularity.

His works are held in many private collections as well as college libraries.

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SKU: 58447 Category: Photography


Very good overall condition for its age. The ambrotype itself shows minor dust, and minimal scuffing to the glass. The black lacquer on the back of the glass has crazed. The original brass mat and protector show some light scratching and some spots of patina.The original leather case shows mild scratching to the exterior, and the original bind is broken.


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