|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)
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.
Museum Purchase, 2009