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Artist:
Mathew B. Brady, 1823? - 15 Jan 1896  Search this
Sitter:
Mathew B. Brady, 1823? - 15 Jan 1896  Search this
Julia R. C. Handy Brady, 1822 - 23 May 1887  Search this
Ellen Brady Haggerty, 1823 - 8 Mar 1877  Search this
Medium:
Quarter-plate daguerreotype
Dimensions:
Image/Sight: 9 × 7 cm (3 9/16 × 2 3/4")
Mat (brass): 10.8 × 8.3 cm (4 1/4 × 3 1/4")
Case open: 12.1 × 19.6 × 1.3 cm (4 3/4 × 7 11/16 × 1/2")
Case closed: 12.1 × 9.9 × 1.9 cm (4 3/4 × 3 7/8 × 3/4")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1851
Exhibition Label:
Throughout his career Mathew Brady sought recognition as an artist. He advertised his skills as a maker of pleasing images and promised his clientele results that would rival “the highest efforts of the painter.” This daguerreotype exhibits the careful lighting, pleasing symmetry, and naturalness of expression that earned Brady the admiration of his contemporaries. It depicts him with his wife, Julia (left), and his sister, Ellen (right), in a pose that underscores their strong familial bond. When Ellen Haggerty was widowed a few years after this portrait was made, the Bradys—who had no children of their own—adopted Ellen’s young son, Thomas.
A lo largo de su carrera, Mathew Brady siempre aspiró a ser reconocido como artista. Promocionaba sus destrezas como creador de imágenes atractivas y prometía a su clientela resultados que rivalizarían con “los más elevados esfuerzos de un pintor”. Este daguerrotipo evidencia la iluminación cuidada, la simetría agradable y la naturalidad de expresión que le ganaron a Brady la admiración de sus contemporáneos. En él aparece el propio Brady con su esposa, Julia (izquierda), y su hermana, Ellen (derecha), en una pose que subraya los fuertes lazos familiares que los unían. Al enviudar Ellen Haggerty pocos años después de tomado este retrato, el matrimonio Brady, que no tenía hijos, adoptó a Thomas, hijo pequeño de Ellen.
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Neckwear\Tie  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Goatee  Search this
Cased object  Search this
Julia R. C. Handy Brady: Female  Search this
Ellen Brady Haggerty: Female  Search this
Mathew B. Brady: Male  Search this
Mathew B. Brady: Visual Arts\Artist\Photographer  Search this
Mathew B. Brady: Visual Arts\Artist\Photographer\Daguerreotypist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.85.78
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Location:
Currently not on view
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4ba93288f-494d-43d9-af6c-a8a5a962d728
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.85.78