I acquired this ruby Sixth Plate Ambrotype about 2012. Images of older subjects like this one generally do not sell as well as the more attractive ones but there was something about this gentleman that captivated my attention. His sorrowful look perhaps belies the knowledge that he is dying of consumption. His weather-worn hands and dirty fingernails suggest the occupation of a farmer or some other menial laborer. He was inexpensive to purchase but is one of my favorites.
He wears perhaps his Sabbath meeting clothes—a silk vest and waistcoat, a tattered tie, and checkered pantaloons. His starched white shirt has the collar raised. His cheeks have been tinted ever so faintly by the photographer.
The image came in a half case with a somewhat ornate mat.