ca. 1845, [daguerreotype self portrait with a folio volume], Jean-Gabriel Eynard

"In this self-portrait, Swiss daguerreotypist Jean-Gabriel Eynard imagined himself as a subject in an Old Master painting. Hunched over the large volume in seated profile, Eynard probably drew upon Dutch painting as a source to create this image. The image of a saint reading occurs frequently in Rembrandt van Rijn’s paintings, etchings, and drawings, which Eynard had seen. The debt to this painterly tradition is especially evident in the way the light appears to emanate from the open book.”

via the J. Paul Getty Museum

ca. 1845, [daguerreotype self portrait with a folio volume], Jean-Gabriel Eynard

"In this self-portrait, Swiss daguerreotypist Jean-Gabriel Eynard imagined himself as a subject in an Old Master painting. Hunched over the large volume in seated profile, Eynard probably drew upon Dutch painting as a source to create this image. The image of a saint reading occurs frequently in Rembrandt van Rijn’s paintings, etchings, and drawings, which Eynard had seen. The debt to this painterly tradition is especially evident in the way the light appears to emanate from the open book.”

via the J. Paul Getty Museum

ca. 1854, [ambrotype portrait of a yawning man]
via George Eastman House, Donald Weber Collection on Flickr

ca. 1854, [ambrotype portrait of a yawning man]

via George Eastman House, Donald Weber Collection on Flickr

ca. 1870-90’s, [carte de visite portrait, likely of an actress], Charles Eisenmann
via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing

ca. 1870-90’s, [carte de visite portrait, likely of an actress], Charles Eisenmann

via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with flowers]
via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographics, Daguerreotype Collection

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman with flowers]

via Jeffery Kraus Antique Photographics, Daguerreotype Collection

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of Helia Harrison embracing a bust of George Washington], Gabriel Harrison
via the George Eastman House Collection, Still Photograph Archive, “Daguerrotypomania”

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of Helia Harrison embracing a bust of George Washington], Gabriel Harrison

via the George Eastman House Collection, Still Photograph Archive, “Daguerrotypomania”

Anonymous said: what do you look like?

since i was old enough to furrow my brow and not read social cues my face gives the impression of perpetual crisis.

Anonymous said: who are you? did you live in the 19th century at all? what was your occupation back then, blacksmith i'm guessing? or perhaps a horserider for the post office or a bartender? i'm a graphic designer and i'm currently starting a "ghost series" of original photos with photos of historical 19th century people added to them to create the illusion of ghosts. so finding your blog today was perfect timing. cheers!

speaking purely from a statistics while indulging in a bit of counterfactual history, i spent the gilded age penniless, afraid of cities, of the future, of disease.

strangely, it stings with a distinct familiarity…

god speed on your endeavors, sir.

Hey all,

I just wanted to let you all know how much I appreciate your following this blog after more than three years of posting.

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I just landed a summer internship at an auction house in a department focused on fine English & continental furniture, silver, and decorative arts.

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