Sleeping or Deceased

Sixth plate daguerreotype, anonymous American circa 1840s, showing a mother with possibly deceased child. Housed in a half case. With faint applied coloring in red.   Price: $250.   ( Inventory# id929 )

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The carefully arranged hair and unnatural calm of child would seem to indicate a post-mortem image, although the ultimate decision must be left to each viewer.

Image in excellent condition with white of collar showing solarization from some angles of view.

 

Last updated May 8, 2017

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