Item 2008.001.1372 - Portrait of a black woman in bonnet

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Portrait of a black woman in bonnet

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2008.001.1372

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  • [between 1856-1870] (Creation)
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    Hugh H. Ritchie

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1 photograph: 10.6 x 6.4

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(1856-1870)

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Hugh H. Ritchie operated a photography studio in Edinburgh, Scotland from 1856 to 1870.

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Item is a beige card with full length portrait of a black woman in dress with hoop skirt, dark embroidery down the bust areat with button details, and a belted waist. She wears a small bonnet on the back of her head. Photograph taken in studio setting with drapery and small side table. She rests her hand on a book on the table. On verso, photographer's stamp with the letters "R" and two "h"s intertwined followed by the text "HUGH H. RITCHIE/ PHOTOGRAPHER/ 146 PRINCES STREET/ OPPOSITE THE LOTHIAN ROAD/ EDINBURGH".

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Poor. The image is very dirty, yellowed and quite faded. The bottom corners have been cropped off and the upper right corner is torn. There is a pin-hole through the image at the top edge.

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