The J. Paul Getty Museum

[Fireman in Uniform Holding a Brass Musical Instrument]

Object Details

Title:

[Fireman in Uniform Holding a Brass Musical Instrument]

Artist/Maker:

Unknown maker, American

Culture:

American

Date:

1855–1856

Medium:

Daguerreotype, hand-colored

Object Number:

84.XT.1582.3

Dimensions:

6 × 4.9 cm (2 3/8 × 1 15/16 in.)

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Object Description

Perhaps this fireman's portrait was made to commemorate a heroic deed, for which he received the large medal suspended prominently on his chest. This fireman wears a full uniform with the hat of his particular fire company; he holds a cornet, the instrument used to warn passersby of the fire wagon's approach. Hand-coloring enhances the medal around his neck: the glistening gold and pale red draw attention to the medal and its broad silk ribbon. A faint rouge applied to the sitter's cheeks gives him a warmth that the black-and-white palette of the daguerreotype was unable to portray.

getty.edu, Interpretive Content Department, 2008.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1984

Arnold Crane, American, 1932 - 2014, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Hidden Witness: African Americans in Early Photography (February 28 to June 18, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), February 28 to June 18, 1995
Capturing Time: A Celebration of Photographs (December 1, 1997 to March 1, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 1, 1997 to March 1, 1998
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