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Silver print or gelatin silver print

Print produced on the most common form of photographic paper up to the present day, introduced into general use in the 1880s. These prints are made with silver halides suspended in a layer of gelatin on fibre based paper. They are developed using the three-bath chemistry of developer, stop, and fixer, and can be chemically toned to alter the finished look of the print.

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James Beaumont Strachey
possibly by Thomas Fall
circa 1893
NPG x24009

Alphonse Legros
by Unknown photographer
circa 1899
NPG x87224

Lilian Lenton
by Criminal Record Office
NPG x45560

Jennie Baines
by Criminal Record Office
NPG x45565

Kitty Marion (Katherina Maria Schafer)
by Criminal Record Office, after Unknown photographer
circa 1913
NPG x45561

Miss Johansen
by Criminal Record Office
NPG x45563

Christine Keeler
by Lewis Morley
June 1963
NPG x88355

Nigella Lawson
by Dan Kenyon
October 1991
NPG x127297

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