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Portrait of a woman

Portrait of a woman by Unknown artist
Portrait of a woman by Unknown artist

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Louis Daguerre pioneered the daguerreotype method of making pictures, which is one of the earliest types of photography, popular throughout the 1840s and 1850s. It is essentially an image on a highly polished metal surface that must be held at a particular angle to view the picture.

The sitter’s hair is looped down over her ears in the style of the period and her dress is elaborate, indeed, every detail is a clear indication of upper-class status. (Chic Colonials: Ataahua, 2003)

Title
Portrait of a woman
Artist/creator
Production date
circa 1852
Medium
etched daguerreotype in leather holder
Dimensions
179 x 134 x 20 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1989
Accession no
1989/3
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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