A photographic process introduced in 1851-52, which quickly replaced the earlier daguerreotypes because they were cheaper and easier to view. It used weak collodion negatives which were then bleached and backed by a black background which produced the effect of a positive image.

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  • ambrotype — (n.) 1855, American English, apparently from Gk. ambrotos immortal, imperishable (see AMBROSIA (Cf. ambrosia)), with second element from DAGUERREOTYPE (Cf. daguerreotype). A type of photograph on glass with lights given by silver and shades by a… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Ambrotype — Am bro*type ( t[imac]p), n. [Gr. a mbrotos immortal + type.] (Photog.) A picture taken on a plate of prepared glass, in which the lights are represented in silver, and the shades are produced by a dark background visible through the unsilvered… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ambrotype — ☆ ambrotype [am′brō tīp΄, am′brətīp΄ ] n. [< Gr ambrotos, immortal (see AMBROSIA) + TYPE] an early kind of photograph, consisting of a glass negative backed by a dark surface so as to appear positive …   English World dictionary

  • Ambrotype — The ambrotype process (from Greek ambrotos , immortal ) or amphitype is a photographic process that creates a positive photographic image on a sheet of glass using the wet plate collodion process. It was patented in 1854 by James Ambrose Cutting… …   Wikipedia

  • Ambrotype — L’ambrotype est un procédé photographique élaboré par James Ambrose Cutting en 1854 et qui a concurrencé le daguerréotype en raison de la rapidité d obtention des images (2 à 4 secondes) et de son prix de revient peu coûteux. Technique :… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • ambrotype — noun Etymology: Greek ambrotos + English type Date: 1858 a positive picture made of a photographic negative on glass backed by a dark surface …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ambrotype — /am breuh tuyp /, n. Photog. an early type of photograph, made by placing a glass negative against a dark background. [1850 55, Amer.; < Gk ámbro(tos) immortal (see AMBROSIA) + TYPE] * * * …   Universalium

  • ambrotype — noun an early type of photograph in which a glass negative appears positive when displayed on a black background …   Wiktionary

  • ambrotype — n. photograph produced on a plate of glass in which light portions are represented in silver and dark portions as the clear glass placed against a black background (Art) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ambrotype — am·bro·type …   English syllables

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