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Unidentified Photographer

[Unidentified Woman at "Beach"]

Date ca. 1880
Dimensions Image: 6 x 4 1/8 in. (15.2 x 10.5 cm)
Other (Iron sheeting): 6 7/16 x 4 3/8 in. (16.4 x 11.1 cm)
Print medium Photo-Tintype

Your Mirror: Portraits from the ICP Collection
Section: Self presentation
Because tintypes were much less expensive than other portrait media such as paintings or even daguerreotypes, they allowed sitters to be more theatrical and playful than middle-class society generally permitted. Women could subvert their social class in typical poses like this; a proper woman would never let down her hair in public, lest she be considered loose.

Credit line

Museum Purchase, 2009

Feedback Accession No. 2009.3.1