One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A photographic plate measuring 43/4 × 61/2 inches (c. 10.8 × 16.5 cm).
- ‘These were all made using a 5 * 4 (half plate) rather than a 10 * 8 (full plate) camera, so that the entire area of the painting is not always covered in the photograph.’
- ‘I somehow thought portraits would have been in half-plate or even full-plate.’
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