CRAMPTON, Charlotte and Selina. 1/6th and 1/4 plate ambrotypes.


CRAMPTON, Charlotte and Selina. 1/6th and 1/4 plate ambrotypes.

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CRAMPTON family. Two ambrotypes, firstly, a 1/4 plate ambrotype of an elderly lady lady, the plate in fine condition although the crystallised blacking layer behind shows reflections, contained in a worn half case, with inscriptions around the reverse of the preserver edge reading "Aunt Selina Crampton born 1810(?) died 1893 favourite daughter of Sir P. Crampton". Secondly, a 1/6 plate ambrotype of a girl, again the plate in fine condition but with the degraded blacking layer behind showing through (the emulsion image is very fine and shows much better details than the scan), contained in a full leather embossed case, with pencil written details under the plate reading "(Charlotte Crampton) Aunt Charlotte "Cha" She was my mother's sister & died when I was a little boy. I can remember her. She sang beautifully".

Selina Crampton was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1813, one of six children of the surgeon Sir Philip Crampton (1777–1858) and his wife Selina Hamilton née Cannon (1781-1834). Her father, Sir Philip,  was elected FRS in 1812, and in 1813 he was appointed surgeon-general to the forces in Ireland. He was also surgeon to the queen in Ireland, a member of the senate of the Queen's University of Ireland, and four times president of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (ODNB).

Charlotte Crampton who features in the 1/6th plate ambrotype is possibly a child of Selina's brother Josiah who married his cousin Elizabeth Crampton in 1833.

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