Lot 32
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Anonymous American Photographer

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Description

  • Anonymous American Photographer
  • THE PROFILE
  • daguerreotype
half-plate daguerreotype, with hand-tinting, cased, circa 1850

Literature

John Wood, The Daguerreotype: A Sesquicentennial Celebration, pl. 38

Catalogue Note

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. 
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