- an early type of photograph, made by placing a glass negative against a dark background.
Origin of ambrotype
Examples from the Web for ambrotype
Is it more wicked to have a marble portrait than an ambrotype?Prairie Gold
It was an ambrotype, set into a case lined with purple velvet.Lavender and Old Lace
Suddenly Ellen Tiffton's story of the ambrotype flashed into 'Lina's mind.Bad Hugh
Mary Jane Holmes
Si thrust his hand unceremoniously into Bushrod's pocket and found the ambrotype of Annabel.Si Klegg, Book 3 (of 6)
He was unfortunately drowned a few months later; and for some cause the ambrotype was not returned.When Life Was Young
C. A. Stephens
- photog an early type of glass negative that could be made to appear as a positive by backing it with black varnish or paper
Word Origin and History for ambrotype
1855, American English, apparently from Greek ambrotos "immortal, imperishable" (see ambrosia), with second element from daguerreotype. A type of photograph on glass with lights given by silver and shades by a dark background showing through.
This invention consists in an improved process of taking photographic pictures upon glass, and also of beautifying and preserving the same, which process I have styled "ambrotype." My improved process has reference to the art of taking pictures photographically on a film of collodion upon the surface of a sheet of glass, the collodion being suitably prepared for the purpose. By the use of the said process, the beauty and permanency of such pictures are greatly increased, and I have on this account styled the process "ambrotype," from the Greek word ambrotos, immortal. ["Specification of the Patent granted to James A. Cutting, of Boston, in the United States of America, Photographer, for an Improved Process of taking Photographic Pictures upon Glass and also of Beautifying and Preserving the same. Dated London, July 26, 1854," printed in "Journal of the Franklin Institute," September 1855]