[Portrait of a Jewelry Salesman]

Object Details

Title:

[Portrait of a Jewelry Salesman]

Artist/Maker(s):

Attributed to Robert H. Vance (American, 1825 - 1876)

Culture:

American

Date:

1853 - 1854

Medium:

Daguerreotype, hand-colored

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As a result of the vast popularity of daguerreotypes in America, they quickly became relatively inexpensive. For the first time in recorded history, working-class people could afford to have their portraits made. They often chose to be shown with the tools of their trade.

Sometimes these portraits were early forms of advertising, as suggested by this jewelry vendor, who proudly displays his cased wares and trinkets.

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