Boy dressed in plaid postmortem daguerreotype, 1854


Permanent ID:
2554
Date:
circa 1854
Image Description:
Image: 1/6 plate; Postmortem head a shoulders of a boy with hair parted on one side, head laid on a white cushion, dressed in a plaid roundabout with shiny buttons, eyes partially closed and mouth open. Preserver: Straight, narrow, embossed with simple pattern (after 1850). Mat: Oval with matte finish and simple embossed design (1850). Case: Leather-covered wood-frame unmatched half cases, embossed with an urn design on the front and a geometric design on the back, with gilded edge trim on the front interior, red velvet pinchpad and a ruby red velvet cushion embossed with a scrollowork design (1850s).
Inscription:
(embossed): McCLEES & GERMON / PHILA (Bottom corners of mat)
Format:
Daguerreotype
Dimensions:
Width: 7.1 cm, Height: 8.3 cm (image)
Width: 2 25/32 in, Height: 3 9/32 in (image)
Width: 8.1 cm, Height: 9.4 cm, Depth: 1.8 cm (case)
Width: 3 3/16 in, Height: 3 11/16 in, Depth: 23/32 in (case)
Collection:
Historical Society of Pennsylvania cased photographs collection
Related Person or Organization:
McClees & Germon (photographer)
Library of Congress Subjects:
Daguerreotype [sh85035408]
Portrait photography--United States [sh2010107725]
Photography of children [sh85101337]
Postmortem photography [sh91006353]