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  The research archive of Gary W. Ewer regarding the history of the daguerreotype

In my post for February 8, 1999, I gave an announcement Southworth & Hawes receiving a daguerreian portrait of General Zachary Taylor "from New Orleans." A few days after sending that post, I acquired a stipple engraving of Taylor taken from the title, "The National Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Americans" (Philadelphia 1852). The engraving is indeed the same (reversed, of course) as the daguerreotype of Taylor seen as plate 16 in Sobieszek and Appel, "The Daguerreotypes of Southworth & Hawes" page 15. However, I can now identify the daguerreotypist as the credit line under the engraving states "FROM A DAGUERREOTYPE BY MAGUIRE." This "Maguire" is James Maguire who, in 1846, was listed at 6 Camp Street, New Orleans. I've placed a scan of the engraving at: http://www.ieway.com/~gary/zach_taylor.jpg On this day (February 26) in the year 1848, the following advertisement appeared in the "Boston Daily Evening Transcript": - - - - - - - - - SOMETHING NEW, DAGUERREOTYPE TAKEN BY STEAM. JOHN A. WHIPPLE, 96 WASHINGTON STREET, Has added to his extensive establishment a MINIATURE STEAM ENGINE, for doing the mechanical parts; and it is of great advantage in the preparation of large plates for family groups, which before has been an obstacle in the way of making them perfect. Children of any age can have a correct likeness taken between the hours of 11 A. M. and 2 P. M, when the sky is clear. Miniatures of adults taken as well in stormy as pleasant weather. The public are invited to call and examine specimens. tc feb 26 -------------------------------------------------------------- 02-26-99

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