TOMLINSON, John (b. c. 1845). A pair of framed 1/4 plate ambrotypes of a young man, one with a note on the back "Taken at 16 years of age" and the other "Taken at 19 years of age". On the latter is a further detailed ink inscription "John Tomlinson Died Feby 1st at 1.30 AM. 1868. He fell asleep in Jesus Aged 23 years. RWT ". The backing paper of one includes an auction notice of Baxter of Whitby, dated 1868. The ambrotype glass plate of Tomlinson aged 16 has two cracks (see photo). In both there is a lot of dust under the glass, but the photographic images themselves are very crisp and sharp. The ornate frames (each c. 8 x 9 inches) are worn in places, and one has a small chip.
The initials RWT might possibly be those of Robert William Tomlinson, born in Whitby in 1841. Local research in the Whitby area may help identify the family of this young man.