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George Washington

George Washington
Southworth & Hawes, active 1843 - 1862
Albert Sands Southworth, 12 Mar 1811 - 3 Mar 1894
Josiah Johnson Hawes, 20 Feb 1808 - 7 Aug 1901
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Gilbert Stuart, 3 Dec 1755 - 9 Jul 1828
George Washington, 22 Feb 1732 - 14 Dec 1799
c. 1851
Whole-plate daguerreotype
Plate: 23.8 x 18.7 cm (9 3/8 x 7 3/8")
Case Open: 25.4 x 40.8 x 1 cm (10 x 16 1/16 x 3/8")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Joan Murray
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In 1851 engraver Thomas B. Welch traveled to Boston to create a portrait print that would faithfully reproduce the Athenaeum's 1796 painting of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart. Welch examined the original portrait but ultimately succeeded in producing his Washington print (issued in 1852) by working from three Southworth & Hawes daguerreotypes of the painting and utilizing the daguerreians' "new apparatus for enlarging and tracing upon transparent paper, a copy of the exact size of his intended picture." One of three surviving Southworth & Hawes whole plates of the Athenaeum portrait, this laterally reversed daguerreotype may have been among those that Welch employed.
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