Royalty Montage. 27.6 x 38.1 inches. A photo collage of King Kalakaua’s family and home, circa 1884. Albumen photo taken by a photographer from the Royal Swedish frigate Vanadis, voyage years 1883885.
Albumen hand-printing, invented in 1850, was the most popular form of photographic printing from the 1860s to 1890s. It used the albumen found in egg whites to bind the photographic chemicals to the paper, and silver nitrate to produce images by exposure to light.