Portrait of a Yeoman

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Portrait of a Yeoman


Cornelius Jabez Hughes (British, 1819 - 1884)




about 1853


Daguerreotype, hand-colored

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A nervous pride is inscribed on the face of this non-commissioned officer, who wears the new uniform adopted for the Scottish Lanarkshire Yeomanry regiment in 1852. The daguerreotypist positioned him at an angle to the camera in a three-quarter seated pose, his torso slightly twisted, so as to reveal as much of his costume as possible. With no visible means of back support, the man held himself perfectly erect for the long exposure in a proud, soldierly manner.

The Art of the Daguerreotype (April 14 to July 12, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), April 14 to July 12, 1998
A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography (February 4 to June 8, 2014)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 4 to June 8, 2014

Lowry, Bates, and Isabael Barrett Lowry. The Silver Canvas : Daguerreotype Masterpieces from the J. Paul Getty Museum, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1998) p. 65, pl. 18.