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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 .


    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):

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.
            KEEP TURNING!
  In the ROTUNDA, QUINCY HALL, will be found a RE-
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 drapery—the depth, boldness, yet mellowness of the
lights and shadows—and to the rich warm tone peculiar
to these pictures—most 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.)

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