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Landscape Mirror

Landscape Mirror

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This is a rectangular black glass mirror, 9 inches x 7 inches, in a union case with brass hinges. Mirrors of this sort were available in England by the 1760s. They were later associated with Claude Lorrain, as they formed and framed images like the landscapes painted by that seventeenth century French artist.
A paper label on the bottom of the case reads: “FROM / JAMES W. QUEEN & CO. / OPTICIAN / 924 Chestnut St., Philadelphia.” Inked in white is the number 1841. James W. Queen began in business in 1853, with a shop at 264 Chestnut St. In 1858, when the city adopted a new numbering system, his address changed to 924 Chestnut. He took a partner in 1859 and began trading as James W. Queen & Co.
Ref: D. J. Warner, “The Landscape Mirror and Glass,” Antiques (Jan. 1975): 158-159.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Mirror, Landscape Glass
date made
overall: 19 cm x 13.2 cm; 7 15/32 in x 5 3/16 in
overall: 8 3/16 in x 6 in x 1 in; 20.79625 cm x 15.24 cm x 2.54 cm
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Mrs. R. H. McGraw
Science & Scientific Instruments
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National Museum of American History
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