[Four Men Posed with a Bull]

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[Four Men Posed with a Bull]


Unknown maker, American




about 1850




5.6 x 6.7 cm (2 3/16 x 2 5/8 in.)

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A large bull stands perfectly still in profile, hitched to a post at the center of the image and nearly filling the daguerreotype frame. Five men in hats stand at a distance behind the prized animal, framing and enclosing it in a watchful semi-circle of caretakers. This photograph was probably created to preserve a visual record of an animal that had recently brought recognition to its owner. The buildings visible in the background suggest that this daguerreotype record was made in town, probably in a central square where the award-winning animal would have been accessible to all curious onlookers.

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
Useful, sweet and alike a museum: Animals looking at us (October 21, 2005 to January 15, 2006)
  • Museum Folkwang (Essen), October 21, 2005 to January 15, 2006