In this occupational ambrotype -- heavily hand-colored -- we see a young man, pleasantly attired, with his bowler hat behind him, holding a compass and pencil or stylus. In Medeival times the compass was used as a sign in biblical images of the initial act of Creation; here it appears as part of an (albeit classically composed) occupational portrait, most likely of a man in a profession requiring architectural drafting.
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Medium Ambrotype, 1/6 plate
Photo Date 1860c Print Date 1860c
Dimensions 3.5 x 3 in. (89 x 76 mm)
Photo Country United Kingdom (UK)
Photographer Country United Kingdom (UK)
Charles Schwartz Ltd.