The J. Paul Getty Museum

Portrait of a Daguerreotypist Displaying Daguerreotypes and Cases

Object Details

Title:

Portrait of a Daguerreotypist Displaying Daguerreotypes and Cases

Artist/Maker:

Unknown maker, American

Culture:

American

Date:

1845

Medium:

Daguerreotype, hand-colored

Object Number:

84.XT.1576.1

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Object Description

This image can be considered among photography's first photographic advertisements. It presents a formally dressed man exhibiting nine different daguerreotypes grouped in a display frame. In his left hand he holds two encased daguerreotypes; two more closed cases lay on the table, which is draped with a floral cloth. He may have been the daguerreotypist of those images, presenting and promoting his own wares or an intermediary acting as a salesman for the daguerreotypist.

Adapted from getty.edu, Interpretive Content Department, 2002.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1984

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

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Little Pictures (December 7, 1993 to March 6, 1994)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), December 7, 1993 to March 6, 1994
Arrows of Time: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 24 to April 2, 1995)
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA (Los Angeles), January 24 to April 2, 1995
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
In Focus: Daguerreotypes (November 3, 2015 to March 20, 2016)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 3, 2015 to March 20, 2016