Red Plume, Blackfoot Chief

Description (Brief):

A daguerreotype portrait of a Native American man identified as "Red Plume, Blackfoot Chief," pictured in a feathered head-dress with various hand-tinted gold touches. 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. The image is uncased.

Date Made: 1851-1852

Depicted: Red PlumeMaker: Fitzgibbon, John

Location: Currently not on view

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

Subject: MenPortraitsNative Americans

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PG.003974.24Accession Number: 121824Catalog Number: 3974.24

Object Name: Daguerreotype

Physical Description: metal, brass (overall material)metal, copper (overall material)glass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 22 cm x 16.5 cm x .5 cm; 8 21/32 in x 6 1/2 in x 3/16 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-401f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_554516

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