GIRL WITH FLOWING HAIR & OFF SHOULDER DRESS DAGUERREOTYPE $1600. USD
This certainly has indications that it’s by Southworth & Hawes, or by John Whipple. (I’d choose the former.) Silvered back, black push button case. Soft pictorialist (pre-pictorialism) atmospheric, with the sitter floating in the clouds.
Just look at her! What sets her apart from others of this genre is that she’s extraordinarily lovely. Her eyes are wide and she hints at a smile. Her head is tilted. The way her hair flows is absolutely wonderful.
SIZE. Sixth plate.
HOUSING. Black push button full case.
CONDITION. Resealed in 2015 (not by us). A handful of tiny black spots scattered around. Horizontal buff marks.
APPEARANCE. Warm tones. (Mid-range tones are also an indicator for Southworth & Hawes.) Bright image. Very good contrast. Artful.
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