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Accession # SRM1969-566.7

Ambrotype of Sara Jane Sullivan

ca. 1850-1875


A photograph, quite a rarity during the Texas Republic, was kept in a special case, sometimes made of leather, glass, and gold tinted metal. This photograph is of Sara Jane Sullivan, a descendant of Jane Long, a famous pioneer woman now known as the “Mother of Texas.” This photograph is an ambrotype (ca. 1851-1890s). An ambrotype is a thin negative image on glass made to appear as a positive by showing it against a black background. The reverse of the glass plate was either painted black or backed with a black material.




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