Full Plate Hand-Colored Tintype Portrait of a Man Holding a Book
(n. p.): (n. d.), circa 1890s. 10 x 7-3/4 inches. Light wear with some loss of hand coloring to corners; strip of paper residue to top edge; fingerprints to verso. Very Good.
An exquisitely hand-colored tintype studio portrait of a man in a suit holding a book, with red, green and white flowers and leaves twining from the floor and around his back. The details are finely done, such that even the rims of his irises and the hairs of his mustache are neatly marked. Truly, just a magnificient photo -- not quite a "reader" image, but certainly a bookish one.