Lot 30
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Anonymous American Photographer

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10,000 - 15,000 USD
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Description

  • Anonymous American Photographer
  • THE DRY GOODS STORE AND ITS SHOPKEEPERS
  • daguerreotype
quarter-plate daguerreotype, sealed, cased, circa 1850

Catalogue Note

It is very unusual to see an interior daguerreotype made beyond the confines of a daguerreotypist's studio. Principle among the impediments to such an endeavor was the lack of controlled lighting, in addition to the logistical difficulties of transporting the necessary equipment and materials. It is rarer to see a daguerreotype of tradesmen within their place of employment.  In the quarter-plate offered here, the daguerreotypist has captured the interior of a dry-goods store in which bolts of cloth, hats, notions, and other less identifiable wares can be seen behind the chief shopkeeper, who cuts a bolt of cloth with a large pair of shears while regarding the camera soberly.

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