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Untitled (Eight Atalanta Crewmen)

A work made of daguerreotype.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of daguerreotype.


July 30, 1856


Artist unknown
American, 19th century

About this artwork

Because of its crisp, faithful detail and its relatively low price, the daguerreotype—a unique print on a metal plate—was one of the most popular forms of portraiture in the 19th century. Although a single figure was the most common subject, groups might also visit the photographer’s studio to commemorate a special occasion. This daguerreotype seems to celebrate a group of rowers from the well-regarded Atalanta Boat Club of New York; the names of the eight crewmen are inscribed inside the case, along with the date of the sitting. Most daguerreotype images would laterally reverse the subject, resulting in words reading backwards; in this case, the operator must have used a prism or mirror to reverse that effect, as the name of the club can be clearly read across the bands of their hats.


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Untitled (Eight Atalanta Crewmen)


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1856




Plate: 10.8 × 14 cm (4 5/16 × 5 9/16 in.); Case: 12.2 × 15.2 × 1.7 cm (4 13/16 × 6 × 11/16 in.)

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Gift of Mrs. Everett Kovler

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