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  • Place of origin:

    England (possibly, photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1840-1860 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Daguerreotype, glass, copper, gilt frame, engraved(?) case

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The daguerreotype process was introduced to the public in 1839 by Frenchman Louis Daguerre, and was hugely popular as a medium for portraiture until the middle of the 1850s. To create a daguerreotype, a silver plated sheet was given a light sensitive surface coating of iodine vapour. After a long exposure in the camera, the image was developed over heated mercury and fixed in a common salt solution. The image lies on a mirror-like surface and is best seen from an angle to minimise reflections.The surface of daguerreotypes is delicate and easily damaged, so professionally finished images were presented in a protective case or frame.

Physical description

Daguerreotype double portriat of two children, two girls, probably siblings. They are both seated and both wear check patterned dresses with matching cloaks. One is holding a book.

Place of Origin

England (possibly, photographed)


ca. 1840-1860 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Daguerreotype, glass, copper, gilt frame, engraved(?) case


Width: 70 mm width of gilt frame

Descriptive line

Daguerreotype cased photograph, double portrait of two children, c.1840-60


Glass; Copper; Gilt


Daguerreotype; Tinting; Engraved

Subjects depicted

Children's dress; Children


Photographs; Portraits; Children & Childhood


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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