||Illustration ("from a daguerreotype by Root") and poem from Peterson's Magazine. (Philadelphia) 22:5 (November 1852) 206-7.
T H E Y O U N G A R T I S T .
BY HENRY J. VERNON.
A PAINTER born, you see am I,|
To limn the mouth, the nose, the eye,
It's your own portrait, sir, you see.
Had ever one such verity?
Daguerreotypists, hide your heads;
Artists, betake to your beds;
Ye profile-cutters, take to rout;
For none can "shine" when "I'm about."
Collection of Gary W. Ewer
The daguerreotype on which the illustration is based may have been the same as mentioned in an advertisement by Root in
The Boston Daily Evening Transcript (21 September 1847):
ROOT'S DAGUERREOTYPES, from his
Gallery, No. 140 Chesnut street, Philadelphia, to be
seen at the FAIR in Faneuil Hall.
GEN TOM THUMB, in his various costumes, as "Na-
polean," the "American Sailor," &c &c, also with his
Father and Mother, (as daguerreotyped by Root,) and
now under the special care of the Boston Ladies.
In the ROTUNDA, QUINCY HALL, will be found a RE-
VOLVING STAND, occupying 3 feet by 4, (in an unfavorable
location and improper light,) on which will be seen a va-
riety of interesting pictures, both groups and single fig-
ures, of various sizes. Among them are portraits of "Gen
Patterson" of Philadelphia, "Edwin Forrest in street
dress," "The Young Artist's First Effort," "The Puzzled
Pupil," "The Chinese," "The Baby Jumper," &c &c.
Attention is invited to the distinct, lively, and life-like
expression of the EYE; to the beauty and perfection of
the draperythe depth, boldness, yet mellowness of the
lights and shadowsand to the rich warm tone peculiar
to these picturesmost of which were taken in from 2 to
10 seconds, by M. A. ROOT, 140 Chesnut street, Phila-
delphia. 1p sept 20
(End of text. Please refer to our textnote regarding this text.)