Daguerreotype copy of a painting by Charles Deas "Indian looking down from rock"

Description (Brief):

A daguerreotype copy of a painting by Charles Deas "Indian looking down from rock". It is a portrait of Native American man sitting on rock, bare-chested, bangles of arms, feather in his hair and tomahawk in his hand. This photograph came to the Museum with 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, and cased. The paper case has red velvet sculptured lining. The case cover has pattern on both sides.

Date Made: 1851-1852

Maker: Deas, CharlesMaker: Easterly, Thomas M.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Missouri, Saint LouisP: United States: Missouri, St. Louis

Subject: Native Americans


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Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PG.003974.20Accession Number: 121824Catalog Number: 3974.20

Object Name: Daguerreotype

Physical Description: metal, brass (overall material)metal, copper (overall material)glass (overall material)leather (overall material)Measurements: overall: 12 cm x 9.5 cm x 1.5 cm; 4 23/32 in x 3 3/4 in x 19/32 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-b899-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_554512

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