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Albumen print

A print made using albumen paper, popular for photographic printing between 1850 and 1900. Thin paper was coated with a layer of egg-white (albumen) containing salt and sensitized with a silver nitrate solution, then printed using daylight under a negative. The resulting paper had a smooth surface with a fine sheen. Albumen prints could be toned with a gold solution which gave a rich purplish-brown colour to the image and reduced the risk of fading.

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Charles Dickens
by Herbert Watkins
29 April 1858
NPG P301(20)

Alice Liddell
by Lewis Carroll
July 1860
NPG P991(8)

Sarah Forbes Bonetta (Sarah Davies)
by Camille Silvy
15 September 1862
NPG Ax61380

George Frederic Watts
by Julia Margaret Cameron
circa 1865-1869
NPG P125

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