Three Daguerreotypes Attributed to Southworth & Hawes, Incl. Half Plate Family Portrait

Lot of 3 daguerreotypes attributed to early American photographic pioneers Albert Sands Southworth (1811-1894) and Josiah Johnson Hawes (1808-1901) of Boston. Half plate daguerreotype portrait of a family. The parents are seated with their two children between them. Housed with brass mat and preserver with glass. Acquired from Sotheby's April 27, 1999 Auction, "The David Feigenbaum Collection of Southworth & Hawes and Other 19th-Century Photographs," Lot 82, Josiah Johnson Hawes, attibuted, and possibly Albert Sands Southworth, Selected Images.

Sixth plate daguerreotype vignette portrait of a woman with a lace collar and a cameo brooch. Housed in full thermoplastic case. A damaged image of the same woman with a different hairstyle but wearing the same clothes is published in Young America: The Daguerreotypes of Southworth and Hawes, by Romer, Pierce, Reaves, and Wallis (p. 390).

Sixth plate daguerreotype portrait of a man seated in Southworth & Hawes' chair with velvet upholstery. Housed with early gilt paper mat, pressed paper case with floral motif with a silk pad.  

Provenance:Eugene R. Groves Collection of 19th Century Photography


Half plate daguerreotype of family: No case, tarnishing to edges. Few dimples in plate.  

Sixth plate daguerreotype of woman: Tarnishing and some minor spotting to image edges.

Sixth plate daguerreotype of man: Some spotting to image, moderate rubbing to case extremities. 

Estimate: $500 - $700
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