Lot 44
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Anonymous American Photographer

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  • Anonymous American Photographer
  • Gothic Revival Building (Carmel Collegiate Institute)
  • 1/2 plate daguerreotype
half-plate daguerreotype, with a modern seal, in a thermoplastic case, late 1840s or early 1850s


Acquired from Mike Reffie, New York, 2004


Stanley B. Burns, Patients & Promise: A Photographic History of Mental And Mood Disorders, Volume 2, Hospital Care (New York: The Burns Archive Press, 2006), pl. 2

Stanley B. Burns, Mirror Mirror: The Burns Collection Daguerreotypes (New York: The Burns Archive Press, 2012), pl. 121

Catalogue Note

The building in this daguerreotype has been identified as the Carmel Collegiate Institute in Carmel, New York.  Founded by James Raymond in 1848, the institute was opened in September 1851.  The building was refurbished and sold in 1866 to Daniel Drew, who renamed it the Drew Ladies’ Seminary.  The original building was destroyed in a fire in 1904. 

Sotheby's wishes to thank Sandra Markham, Yale University Library, for her assistance in researching this photograph.