Young boy; sixth-plate
  anonymous collection

"In order to take pleasure in these portraits. . .it does not seem to be necessary to have known the persons whom they represent. To us their value consists in their faithful portrayal of fashions, environment and personalities of another age, and, at the same time, by their finish, they reveal the character, the conscientiousness and reach of that age. 'People are inclined to smile because we praise the daguerreotypes of our grandfathers,' said a prominent photographer recently, 'but I want to say that the photograph of the present day is no improvement on it for artistic delicacy and subtlety of likeness.' "