1876 Woodburytype of The Right Hon. William Francis Cowper-Temple M.P. For South Hampshire
(The Right Hon. William Francis Cowper-Temple)

London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1876. A sharp and clear oval Woodburytype portrait of William Francis Cowper-Temple; approx. 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" size, on the original heavy paper 8 1/2" x 10 1/2" sheet; William Francis Cowper-Temple, Baron Mount-Temple (1811 - 1888) British politician, "...a moderate evangelical. In later life he was spasmodically vegetarian and moved on the fringe of the mesmerism movement....during his later years he confined himself mainly to philanthropic activity, advocating such measures as the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885...." (A. F. Pollard, rev. H. C. G. Matthew in the DNB); photograph by Lock & Whitfield; an oval Woodburytype, (photoglyptie) process 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 British politician & administrator; a few small spots in outer margin of mount paper; in very good condition. Very Good (Item ID: 22397)


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