The carefully applied coloring to this young girl’s dress makes her pop off the surface of this stunning sixth plate. Her mother gently held her to remain still during the exposure. They share the same expression that shows a determined concentration to pose well. I would say they have achieved that goal. Whoever made this surely was at a higher level than most makers. They were able to use a dark background yet still have a great contrast with the black of the mother’s dress. Yet, the pink is not overpowering so as to make the mother less of a factor in the great illumination of this plate. Their skin tones are about perfect with a slight tint to the cheeks. The condition is very good but some small sparkling spots do inhabit the surface as do a few spots from moisture contamination before this image was properly resealed by our dad back in 1992. The image is held in a very nice leather case with an old repaired spine. It ran in and was purchased from the third issue of The Daguerreian Forum by our consignor.
Perfection in Pink….