Red Plume, Blackfoot Chief

Red Plume, Blackfoot Chief

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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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Daguerreotype
date made
1851-1852
depicted
Red Plume
maker
Fitzgibbon, John
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)
Measurements
overall: 22 cm x 16.5 cm x.5 cm; 8 21/32 in x 6 1/2 in x 3/16 in
ID Number
PG.003974.24
accession number
121824
catalog number
3974.24
subject
Native Americans
Men
Portraits
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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