Example 56: Photograph, daguerreotype in case

Work Record
Class [controlled]: • photographs • American art
*Work Type [link]: • daguerreotype (photograph)
*Title: A Young Mother with Her Daughter
*Creator Display: unknown American
*Role [link]: photographer [link]: unknown American
*Creation Date: ca. 1840 [controlled]: Earliest: 1835 • Latest: 1845
*Subject [links]: • portraits • human figures • females • mother and child
Culture [link]: American
*Current Location [link]: private collection • ID: unknown
*Measurements: quarter-plate, 10.79 x 16.51 cm (including case) (4 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches)
[controlled]: • Format: quarter-plate | • Value: 10.79 Unit: cm Type: height | • Value: 16.51 Unit: cm Type: width
*Materials and Techniques: quarter-plate daguerreotype; leather case; red velvet silk lining
Extent: work Technique [links]: • daguerreotype | Extent: case Material [links]: • leather • silk
Description: Quarter-plate daguerreotype of a young mother, wearing a fancy plaid dress, and her daughter, both with gilt detail on their earrings and necklaces, without a seal, in a leather case. There are some light tarnish spots, especially noticeable in the background, giving it a faintly mottled look. There is a small accretion in the lower left portion of the image on the mother’s dress, and another smaller one to the right of the young girl’s arm. There are two intertwining tarnish lines across the lower right corner (which is probably due to being housed with a cracked piece of cover glass for long period of time). The case is generally worn and its hinge has been replaced.

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