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

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

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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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Daguerreotype
Date made
1851-1852
Maker
Deas, Charles
maker
Easterly, Thomas M.
place made
United States: Missouri, Saint Louis
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United States: Missouri, St. Louis
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
ID Number
PG.003974.20
accession number
121824
catalog number
3974.20
subject
Native Americans
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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