1876 Woodburytype of the Right Hon. Henry Bouverie William Brand, Speaker of the House of Commons
(Right Hon. Henry Bouverie William Brand)

London & Edinburgh: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1876. A sharp and clear oval Woodburytype portrait of the Right Hon. Henry Bouverie William Brand; approx. 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" size, on the original heavy paper 8 1/2" x 10 1/2" sheet; Henry Bouverie William Brand, first Viscount Hampden (1814-1892) British politician and speaker of the House of Commons, "...Brand's long tenure of the position of party whip caused doubts as to his fitness for the speakership, but these were soon solved by Brand's impartial performance of his duties; he endeared himself to the house by his uniform suavity, and in 1874, when Disraeli returned to office, Brand was, on 5 March, on the motion of Henry Chaplin, unanimously re-elected speaker. ..." (A.F. Pollard rev. rev. H. C. G. Matthew in the DNB); photograph by Thompson Cooper, Lock & Whitfield photographers; oval Woodburytype, (photoglyptie) patented in 1864 by Walter Bentley Woodbury (1834-1885) an early form of photomechanical print, made by embossing a photographic image on paper with a metal mold containing the gelatin relief of a photographic negative: "...the tonal scale of the resultant image was highly luminous...has a continuous tone, showing neither a screen nor a grain pattern..." (Baldwin, 1991); a striking portrait of this noted British politician; in very good condition. Very Good (Item ID: 19958)


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