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
Bibliography
Bibliography

Naef, Weston J. The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Photographs Collection (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1995), p. 43, ill. no. 42.