10769.3 | Lady Blanche Paulet
Lady Blanche Paulet
1862, 19th century
7.3 x 6.2 cm
Gift of E. Portia MacKenzie, 1962 (Emma Carleton Jack Memorial Collection)
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
Keys to History
This small ambrotype shows the doll Lady Blanche Paulet completely outfitted for a walking or shopping trip. She is wearing her serviceable travel dress, woollen cape, tulle-trimmed straw hat and bronze leather shoes. She carries a small box in one pocket and a lace handkerchief carefully folded in the other. Hidden away behind the embossed brass mat of the photograph is a small aboriginal basket. The ambrotype is housed in a small velvet-lined wooden case covered with embossed and painted paper.
Gold paint was used on this ambrotype to accentuate the brooch worn by Lady Blanche Paulet during the sitting.
Decorative cases for ambrotypes were manufactured in mass quantities in the United States.
In 1862, there were seven photograph studios in Saint John, New Brunswick.
George P. Roberts, one of the leading photographers in Saint John, New Brunswick, may have produced this ambrotype in his new photograph studio, the Prince of Wales Ambrotype Rooms.