Anonymous American Photographer
20,000 - 30,000 USD
bidding is closed
- Anonymous American Photographer
- THE PROFILE
half-plate daguerreotype, with hand-tinting, cased, circa 1850
John Wood, The Daguerreotype: A Sesquicentennial Celebration, pl. 38
This surprising daguerreotype, a profoundly close-up profile view of a young woman rendered as a half-plate, has a great deal of impact and presence. Profile portraits are rarely seen in the daguerreotype decades, and it is impressive to see one on such a large plate. The composition of the image is very deliberate: the sitter's profile fills the frame perfectly, and the curve of her head echoes almost exactly the line of the arch-topped mat.