Portrait of a Yeoman
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Cornelius Jabez Hughes
British, about 1853
Hand-colored daguerreotype
3 9/16 x 2 3/16 in.

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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.