We know that this is by Southworth & Hawes because of the chair. They opened their studio in 1846, and this daguerreotype likely dates to the 1846 - 1847 years. The pebbled mat and square corners are indicators. The chair, however, was in use in the same state until 1852, at which point a piece at the top was removed. Chances to buy Southworth & Hawes depicting their studio furniture are few and far between.
It depicts an older woman who looks inquisitive with her raised eyebrows, and yet seems wonderfully comfortable. There are two books on the table.
Condition:Very good condition. The spots are double, which means they're on the glass, and not on the plate.
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