Sixth plate daguerreotype. (Some tarnishing at perimeter, cover glass replaced in 1989, plate not cleaned). Housed in full pressed paper case (small loss to paper, light wear to extremities). Anson's stamp on mat and velvet pad. Plate marked "Anson" in upper left and "NP 40" in upper right.
The portrait of Elijah Clarke appears to be after a painting attributed to American artist Rembrandt Peale (1778-1860). Clarke, born near Tarboro, NC, served with the Georgia Militia during the American Revolutionary War. After the surrender of Savannah, the state troops disbanded and he became a lieutenant colonel in the Wilkes County Militia, fighting under Col. Andrew Pickens at the Battle of Kettle Creek. He commanded troops at the Battle of Musgrove's Mill and was wounded in the process. After the War, Clarke served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1781-1790. He also established the Trans-Oconee Republic, an attempt to prevent the Federal government from ceding land claimed by Georgia back to the Creek. After attacking Creek villages, he was ultimately restrained by Governor George Matthews. He served as the inspiration for fictional character Benjamin Martin, played by Mel Gibson, in the 2000 film The Patriot and was a major character in Jimmy Carter's historical novel The Hornet's Nest.
Provenance:Eugene R. Groves Collection of 19th Century Photography
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