Yesterday I went to an exhibition at Dimbola Lodge* of the photographs of Charles Dodgson - more famously known as Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass.
The pictures, mainly portraits, varied in size from about 2" x 3" up to about 6" x 8" (probably whole plate).
I think they were all contact printed and, from what I have read, were all from wet plate processes. By the time dry plates were available, His interest in photography had diminished.
All of the images were surprisingly sharp and well composed. I'm not sure though if they were original prints or new prints for the exhibition. If this exhibition visits anywhere near you it is well worth a look.
* Dimbola Lodge is the former home of Victorian pioneer photographer Julia Margaret Cameron which is now preserved as a photographic museum and galleries. One of the galleries contains a permanent exhibition of her work.
Luckily for me, it is only about 20 miles away from my house!