December 06, 2012 07:00 PM EST Cincinnati


Half Plate Daguerreotype from the George Kirk Warren Estate, Noted Lowell, Mass. Daguerreotypist

Exceptional half plate, profile daguerreotype of an unidentified, distinguished gentleman, acquired directly from the estate of George K. Warren (1824-1884), a noted daguerreotypist from Lowell, Massachusetts. Purchased directly from Leicester Warren, George K. Warren's grandson. The daguerreotype has the number 61 inscribed on the back of the original paper seal, which when coordinated with a key, unfortunately now lost, was part of Warren's gallery display of fine examples of his work and images of people of note. Mat stamped lower left G.E. Warren. Housed in full case. 

This image, along with all of Warren's gallery exhibit daguerreotypes, day books, personal correspondence, etc. descended through the Warren family. Most of the images, daybooks, and correspondence are curated by the Smithsonian Institution. This is one of few daguerreotypes that were exhibited at the Warren Gallery, which is privately owned.

Warren was a man of letters, and was well connected in literary circles with numerous illustrious friends. The gentleman portrayed in this image could well be someone of great importance and bears further research as to his identity.

Condition:Light tarnish ring around perimeter of image, where the plate meets the mat; light spotting on plate; case reinforced at spine. 

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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