Daguerreian Society

In my post for February 8, 1999, I gave an announcement Southworth & 
Hawes receiving a daguerreian portrait of General Zachary Taylor "from 
New Orleans."  A few days after sending that post, I acquired a stipple 
engraving of Taylor taken from the title, "The National Portrait 
Gallery of Distinguished Americans" (Philadelphia 1852).  The engraving 
is indeed the same (reversed, of course) as the daguerreotype of Taylor 
seen as plate 16 in Sobieszek and Appel, "The Daguerreotypes of 
Southworth & Hawes" page 15.  However, I can now identify the 
daguerreotypist as the credit line under the engraving states "FROM A 
DAGUERREOTYPE BY MAGUIRE."  This "Maguire" is James Maguire who, in 
1846, was listed at 6 Camp Street, New Orleans.  I've placed a scan of 
the engraving at:

On this day (February 26) in the year 1848, the following advertisement 
appeared in the "Boston Daily Evening Transcript":
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                TAKEN BY STEAM.
                JOHN A. WHIPPLE,
             96 WASHINGTON STREET,
Has added to his extensive establishment a MINIATURE
STEAM ENGINE, for doing the mechanical parts; and
it is of great advantage in the preparation of large plates
for family groups, which before has been an obstacle in
the way of making them perfect.
   Children of any age can have a correct likeness taken
between the hours of 11 A. M. and 2 P. M, when the sky
is clear.  Miniatures of adults taken as well in stormy as
pleasant weather.
   The public are invited to call and examine specimens.
   tc                                        feb 26

Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     

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