Southworth And Hawes Daguerreotype--quarter Plate--formerly Naylor & Gross Colls For Sale
THIS AMAZINGQUARTER PLATE SHOWS A MAN WHO WAS BORNLONGBEFORE THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.It was created by celebratedthe partnership of Albert S. Southworth and Josiah J. Hawesof Boston. Judging from the chiseled features and wrinkled skin, the man could been ninety or one hundred years old when he sat for this portrait. Hisaquiline nose, shoulder-length gray hair and bushy eyebrows are distinctive marks that could help identify the man, who was part of a series ofdaguerreotypesmade at the dawn of photography in Americaportraying men and women who wereborn before the Revolutionary War.
This work is not found in thecatalog of the work of Southwoth and Hawes byRomer and Wallis,however, the man shown here is seated in the same chair as the one shown in numerousdaguerreotypes that have been securely identified as the work of Southworth and Hawes, for example, Romer and Wallisnos. 97, 98, 105, 112, 131, 291,296 and other items in the catalog. The daguerreotype was acquired by Naylor from the collection of Harry L. Gross, who is referenced by Romer and Wallisas the source of manySouthworth and Hawes daguerreotypes reproduced in My continuing thanks go to the many viewers and buyers who participated in my first two sales where two magnificent whole-plate daguerreotypes were sold. Over the coming weeks I will be offering for sale more daguerreotypesand daguerreian apparatus that I acquired directly from the sale sale of the Thurman F. (Jack) Naylor Collection at Guernsey's saleeers in New York City in 2007. I am in the process of starting a new business and it is painful to have to part with these wonderful treasures. This will be a buying opportunity as thereare s. You are offerding on an authentic quarter-plate daguerreotype on silvered copper dating from 1840-1845. Theplate size is (h)4 1/4 x (w) 3 1/4 inches.
ABOUT THURMAN F. (JACK) NAYLOR:
Photo collector Jack Naylor (b.1919-d.2007) was a decorated pilot in World War II and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and Purple Heart. During the War he transported Life photographer, Margaret Bourke-White, in the B-24 aircraft he flew. He returned from the war to earn degrees in economics and engineering. Naylor was an accomplished inventor and engineer. He also wrote numerous articles on the history of photography for the New England Journal of Photographic History. He served on the Board of the Photographic Historical Society of New England and was a member of the Daguerreian Society. The Naylor collection was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Maine Antiques Digest and other publications. Parts of the collection were sold at sale by Ryoka’s, Leominster, MA, in 2006, and at at Guernsey’s saleeers in New York in 2007.A catalog of the sale was published at the time of the sale, where this work wasreproduced on page 149.
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