Lot 22
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Anonymous American Photographer

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Description

  • Anonymous American Photographer
  • THE CARPENTER AND HIS TOOLS
  • daguerreotype
sixth-plate daguerreotype, cased, circa 1850

Catalogue Note

This study of a carpenter in his workshop is one of several daguerreotypes in the David Belcher Collection that shows a tradesman in his place of employment (see also Lots 24, 30, and 31).  Such in situ views are rare from the daguerreian era, given the logistical difficulties posed by practicing the complex daguerreotype process outside the controlled confines of the studio.  This view offers not only a portrait of a proud workman, but also a glimpse of his shop with its tidy array of tools.  Visible on the wall above the tools is a broadside, or perhaps a page taken from a periodical, that incorporates a portrait of the famed Swedish singer, Jenny Lind, and, most interestingly, what appears to be an image of Chinese or Japanese musicians.     

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