Uncanny Artist Ephemera and Objects for Artists and Collectors
  • Tintype of a Young Woman in Profile by AKP Trask of Philadelphia

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    This is a Tintype of a Young Woman in Profile by AKP Trask of Philadelphia.  The studio portrait shows a half-view of a young woman leaning on an armrest with her face in full profile.  Her hair is pulled back with long corkscrew curls.  She wears a dark dress with a narrow, white X-ed collar fastened by a round button or pin.  She is wearing a simple wedding band.  She appears to have a faint smile on her lips and her cheek has been tinted pink.  There is a plain background.  The tintype is in a simple 4" x 2.4375" oval off-white matte.  The back is sealed with the original paper, which reads: "From A. K. P. Trask's New Ferrotype Gallery, no. 40 North Eighth Street, West Side, above Filbert, PHILADELPHIA.   Taken as well in cloudy as in clear weather.  Finished in Fifteen Minutes."  The studio address suggests that this photograph was probably produced in the 1870's.  Albion K. P. Trask (c. 1830-1900), born in Maine, was active in Philadelphia from the 1860s until his retirement in 1891.  He was the author of Trask's Practical Ferrotyper (1872), a popular manual on tintypes or "ferrotypes" as they were then called.  According to Wilson's Photographic Magazine, he was one of the pioneer photographers of Philadelphia and "many of the prominent photographers of (the late 19th century) served an apprenticeship under him."  This Tintype of a Young Woman in Profile by AKP Trask of Philadelphia is in better than good condition with no damage to the emulsion but their are several creases in the tin (above the woman's head and below her hands).