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  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850s (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Daguerreotype, glass, copper, tinted, gilt mount, leather and velvet case.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case DAG, shelf 4

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

Cased photograph of a young man seated with his right arm resting on a table with hand-tinted details.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


ca. 1850s (photographed)



Materials and Techniques

Daguerreotype, glass, copper, tinted, gilt mount, leather and velvet case.


Height: 12 cm case, Width: 9.5 cm case, Height: 9 cm image, Width: 6.6 cm image

Descriptive line

Daguerreotype photographic portrait of a young man, hand tinted, probably made in Britain, c.1850


Glass; Copper; Tinted; Material




Photographs; Portraits

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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