ca. 1854, [beautifully hand painted daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman], John Jabez Edwin Mayall
via  Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photograph

ca. 1854, [beautifully hand painted daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman], John Jabez Edwin Mayall

via¬† Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photograph

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of an eagle]
via the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, ‘In the Looking Glass’ Exhibition

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of an eagle]

via the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, ‘In the Looking Glass’ Exhibition

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a man wearing an eye patch]
via Ebay

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a man wearing an eye patch]

via Ebay

ca. 1850s. [daguerreotype portrait of a man wearing a very secure eye patch]
via Ebay

ca. 1850s. [daguerreotype portrait of a man wearing a very secure eye patch]

via Ebay

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a menacingly smiling gentleman]
via the Daguerreian Society, Julian Wolff Collection

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a menacingly smiling gentleman]

via the Daguerreian Society, Julian Wolff Collection

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a cat at the window]
via the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Photographic Collections

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a cat at the window]

via the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Photographic Collections

ca. 1850s, [out-door daguerreotype portrait of morose girl in a dog-pulled cart]
via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1850s, [out-door daguerreotype portrait of morose girl in a dog-pulled cart]

via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1850s, [post mortem daguerreotype portrait of woman enveloped in black], Matthew Brady
via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1850s, [post mortem daguerreotype portrait of woman enveloped in black], Matthew Brady

via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1850s, [occupational daguerreotype portrait of a butcher sharpening his knife]
via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1850s, [occupational daguerreotype portrait of a butcher sharpening his knife]

via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait a boy posed with sass]
via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait a boy posed with sass]

via Be-Hold, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1850s, [crowded, daguerreotype portrait of five men], Pliny Bartlett
via Be-Hold #58, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1850s, [crowded, daguerreotype portrait of five men], Pliny Bartlett

via Be-Hold #58, from Invaluable Auctions

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a family]
via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a family]

via KaufmaNelson Vintage Photographs

ca. 1850-60s, [daguerreotype portrait of a man with a paintbrush]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850-60s, [daguerreotype portrait of a man with a paintbrush]

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a young man and his dog gazing out a window, their gazes fixed on the same point]
via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1850s, [daguerreotype portrait of a young man and his dog gazing out a window, their gazes fixed on the same point]

via Cowan’s Auctions

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