[Vignette portrait of a Young Boy]

Object Details

Title:

[Vignette portrait of a Young Boy]

Artist/Maker(s):

Jeremiah Gurney (American, 1812 - 1895)

Culture:

American

Date:

about 1852 - 1857

Medium:

Daguerreotype, hand-colored

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For all its magical veracity, the daguerreotype lacked color. Since customers often preferred their likenesses to have color, handcolorists added blues, greens, yellows, browns, and whites. They often highlighted faces with a touch of rouge, as seen in this portrait of a cherubic infant. The daguerreotypist Jeremiah Gurney vignetted the boy's head and shoulders, which causes him to appear to float in the frame.

Exhibitions
The Making of a Daguerreotype: Images and Artifacts (April 14 to July 12, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), April 14 to July 12, 1998, (Cat.)