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.
Topic
African American
Antislavery
Photography
Slavery
Social reform
National Museum of African American History and Culture
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, leather
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