Untitled (A Woman in Bonnet and Shawl, with her Seated Son)

A work made of daguerreotype.

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  • A work made of daguerreotype.

Date:

c. 1850

Artist:

Albert Sands Southworth (American, 1811-1894)
and Josiah Johnson Hawes (American, 1808-1901)

About this artwork

Albert Sands Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes, two of the most important daguerreotypists of the 19th century, created portraits for the social and financial elite. They preferred to work with so-called full plates—the largest standard size available—for which they charged accordingly. The full-plate size was especially difficult to handle and develop uniformly. To improve their results, Southworth and Hawes patented innovations for both the camera and the preparation of the plate, including lenses that eliminated distortion of the image and a swinging plate holder that allowed them to polish their plates to perfection.

On View

Photography, Gallery 10

Artist

Southworth & Hawes

Title

Untitled (A Woman in Bonnet and Shawl, with her Seated Son)

Origin

United States

Date

1845–1855

Medium

Daguerreotype

Dimensions

21.5 x 16.5 cm (plate)

Credit Line

Gift of the Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Charitable Trust

Reference Number

2018.17

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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