George Bancroft by John Jabez Edwin Mayall / Half-plate daguerreotype (hand-colored), c. 1847 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; partial gift of Dr. and Mrs. Lester Tuchman and Gallery purchase

George Bancroft by John Jabez Edwin Mayall / Half-plate daguerreotype (hand-colored), c. 1847 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; partial gift of Dr. and Mrs. Lester Tuchman and Gallery purchase

Double Take: Daguerreian Portrait Pairs

June 17, 2016 - June 4, 2017
First floor

Highlighting the depth of the National Portrait Gallery’s early photography collection, this exhibition will showcase fourteen daguerreotypes—two portraits each—of seven subjects: George Bancroft, Jenny Lind, Zachary Taylor, Frederick Douglass, Jefferson Davis, Daniel Webster, and John Quincy Adams. Only one loan—a daguerreotype of John Quincy Adams from the National Museum of American History—will supplement the Gallery’s collection.

By featuring two portraits of each famous sitter, the exhibition will encourage visitors to consider the ways in which various daguerreotypists approached the same subject and how different the results could be. In addition to discussing the early history of portrait photography, the accompanying text will compare images made for public consumption with those produced as personal keepsakes.  Ann Shumard, senior curator of photographs, curates this installation.

  • Double Take: Daniel Webster

    Daniel Webster / Southworth & Hawes / Whole-plate daguerreotype, c. 1846  |  Daniel Webster / Unidentified Artist / Sixth-plate daguerreotype, c. 1850 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

     

  • Double Take: Jefferson Davis

    Jefferson Davis / Unidentified Artist / Quarter-plate daguerreotype, c. 1846 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Albert F. Ganier, Jr., Mrs. E.C. Notebaert and Roger GanierJefferson Davis / Unidentified Artist / Half-plate daguerreotype, c. 1858 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution 

     

  • Double Take: George Bancroft

    George Bancroft / John Jabez Edwin Mayall  / Half-plate daguerreotype (hand-colored), c. 1847 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; partial gift of Dr. and Mrs. Lester Tuchman and Gallery purchase George Bancroft / John Plumbe, Jr. / Quarter-plate daguerreotype, 1846 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution