Richard Rudisill, Mirror Image: The Influence of the Daguerreotype on American Society, (Albuquerque, 1971), pl. 40
Achondroplasia has been depicted several times by artists through the centuries; in the 1656 masterpiece Las Meninas, now in the collection of the Museo del Prado, Madrid, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez prominently featured Maria Barbola, an achondroplastic dwarf, in the foreground.
According to Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, it is believed that Anson Clark learned the daguerreian process as early as 1840. By May of 1841, Clark and his son Edwin had opened a gallery in their family home in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts. While early success appears to have prompted them to open a second gallery in Great Barrington, Clark may have retired as early as 1844 (Vol. 2, p. 110).
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