Ambrotype of Frederick Douglass

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A black-and-white photograph of Frederick Douglass wearing a jacket, waistcoat, and bowtie. The wet plate ambrotype plates are housed in a folding leather case with tooled gilt oval mat and red velvet lining.
Topic
African American
Antislavery
Photography
Slavery
Social reform
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
Created by
Unidentified
Subject of
Frederick Douglass, American, 1818 - 1895
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Medium
collodion and silver on glass photographic plates with leather and velvet
Dimensions
H x W (Image and Sheet): 4 3/4 x 3 7/8 in. (12.1 x 9.8 cm)
Case open: 4 3/4 x 7 11/16 x 1/2 in. (12.1 x 19.5 x 1.3 cm)
Case closed: 4 3/4 x 3 7/8 x 3/4 in. (12.1 x 9.8 x 1.9 cm)
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Media Arts-Photography
Exhibition
Slavery and Freedom
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 3, C3 053
1855-1865
Type
ambrotypes
portraits
Object number
2010.36.10ab