Chief Long Horn

Chief Long Horn

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Description (Brief)
Half-length portrait of Native American man wearing head dress with feathers, necklaces and bangles. He is bare-chested and has painted stripes on arms, chest & face.He holds a tomahawk, and his face is hand-tinted pink, and ornaments are blue & gold. 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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Easterly, Thomas M.
place made
United States: Missouri, Saint Louis
United States: Missouri, St. Louis
Physical Description
metal, copper (overall material)
glass (overall material)
overall: 14 cm x 11.5 cm x.5 cm; 5 1/2 in x 4 17/32 in x 3/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Native Americans
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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