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Antique Tennis Photograph, Colonial Tennis Scene



British Colonial Tennis Photograph. This black and white photograph captures the essence of British Colonial life in the late 19th century. The loose albumen print shows a game of mixed doubles in progress. There is a catch net all the way around the court with a spectators pavilion decked out with chairs. Photographer unknown, location possibly Burma. The albumen print became popular because it produced a rich sharp image. The process involves coating a sheet of paper with albumen (egg white), making the paper's surface glossy and smooth. It is then coated in a solution of silver nitrate. The albumen and the silver nitrate form light-sensitive silver salts on the paper. When a glass negative is placed directly on the paper and exposed to light, it forms an image on the paper.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 7.68 in. (19.5 cm)Width: 10.24 in. (26 cm)Depth: 0.04 in. (1 mm)
  • Style
    Sporting Art (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1900
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Very strong image without fading.
  • Seller Location
    Oxfordshire, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 278771stDibs: LU975719273302

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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