child in blue at window
sixth plate


Daguerreotypists often used the side-lighting provided by windows. Very few of the images show the window, not to mention a view to the outside of the building. This beautifully tinted daguerreotype shows a relaxed child at the window's edge. What appears at first to be a girl based on the wearing of the dress, has been identified as a boy based on the style of the hair. Looking at daguerreotypes 150 years after they were made, we may not immediately place the correct interpretive emphasis on different aspects of the image. In 19th century America boys had their hair parted on the side whereas a girl would have had the hair parted in the middle.

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