[DAGUERREOTYPE] Quarter-plate portrait daguerreotype of a young woman.
Buffalo: Evans & Powelson, 220 Main Street, likely 1849. Housed in a leather case, the pebble-grained mat with the Evans & Powelson label. Very slight oxidation, overall in sound condition.
The subject is sensitively photographed with an urn in the background. Oliver Benton Evans began his career as a daguerreotypist in about 1840. In 1849-50 he was in partnership with Benjamin Powelson, who later opened studios in Buffalo and Rochester between 1862 and 1885. This is a very early Buffalo daguerreotype, as the partnership was short lived, and Evans (a major figure in the New York State Daguerreotype Association, the first professional photographic association in the United States) was listed alone at 204 Main Street by the following year.
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