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Southworth & Hawes, active 1843 - 1862  Search this
Albert Sands Southworth, 12 Mar 1811 - 3 Mar 1894  Search this
Josiah Johnson Hawes, 20 Feb 1808 - 7 Aug 1901  Search this
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Gilbert Stuart, 3 Dec 1755 - 9 Jul 1828  Search this
George Washington, 22 Feb 1732 - 14 Dec 1799  Search this
Whole-plate daguerreotype
Plate: 23.8 x 18.7 cm (9 3/8 x 7 3/8")
Case Open: 25.4 x 40.8 x 1 cm (10 x 16 1/16 x 3/8")
c. 1851
Exhibition Label:
In 1851 engraver Thomas B. Welch traveled to Boston to create a portrait print that would faithfully reproduce the Athenaeum's 1796 painting of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart. Welch examined the original portrait but ultimately succeeded in producing his Washington print (issued in 1852) by working from three Southworth & Hawes daguerreotypes of the painting and utilizing the daguerreians' "new apparatus for enlarging and tracing upon transparent paper, a copy of the exact size of his intended picture." One of three surviving Southworth & Hawes whole plates of the Athenaeum portrait, this laterally reversed daguerreotype may have been among those that Welch employed.
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie  Search this
Indeterminable  Search this
Cased object  Search this
George Washington: Male  Search this
George Washington: Military\Army\Officer\Revolution  Search this
George Washington: Politics and Government\Statesman\Colonial Statesman  Search this
George Washington: Natural Resources\Agriculturist\Farmer  Search this
George Washington: Military\Army\Officer\General  Search this
George Washington: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
George Washington: Science and Technology\Engineer\Surveyor  Search this
George Washington: Congressional Gold Medal  Search this
Portrait  Search this
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Joan Murray
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