Chief Bumbemsue

Description (Brief):

A half-length daguerreotype portrait of Native American man, wearing hat with feathers, necklace of bones, holding a bow and arrow and an ax. His face is painnted with stripes and his shirt is hand-tinted pink. This photograph is one of a series a of portrait daguerreotypes made of Native American chiefs while they crossed the country to meet with US Government officials in Washington, DC. When passing through St. Louis, Missouri, in 1851-52 these chiefs were photographed by photographers Thomas Easterly and John Fitzgibbons. Each portrait was a unique image. Daguerreotypes had no negatives; each photograph was exposed on a silver-nitrate covered copper plate. Daguerreotypes remained a popular method of capturing portraits from 1840 to 1860 when it was replaced with easier and less hazardous methods of negative-positive based photography like wet-plate collodion and albumen. Matted, not cased.

Date Made: 1851-1852

Maker: Easterly, Thomas M.

Place Made: United States: Missouri, Saint Louis

Subject: MenPortraitsNative Americans


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Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PG.003974.15Accession Number: 121824Catalog Number: 3974.15

Object Name: Daguerreotype

Physical Description: metal, brass (overall material)metal, copper (overall material)glass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 14 cm x 10.5 cm x .5 cm; 5 1/2 in x 4 1/8 in x 3/16 in


Record Id: nmah_554507

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