[DAGUERREOTYPE--CHILDREN] Group of three portrait daguerreotypes of children.
[Child standing by chair]. American: circa 1850s, housed in a moulded leather case. Half-plate image of a child about three years old, legs slighly blurred by motion. Some minor oxidation, cover of case detached but present; Together with boy and girl. American: circa 1850s. Sixth-plate, housed in inlaid beehive union case. Slight tinting, a fine portrait of a brother and sister in their early 'teens, very formally dressed. A bright, interesting image in an attractive case; And a family group of four children, two boys and two girls. Half-plate, American circa 1850s. Half-plate image of four very young children, tinted. Some minor oxidation, cover of case detached but present.
The images of young children exemplify the difficulties besetting the photographer of the time with such long exposures: motion blur, rather unhappy faces. The freckled brother and sister of the second image stare at the camera, and us, with a defiant, almost tragic intensity.
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