Portrait of Zip, Portland, ca. 1845

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Portrait of Zip, Portland, ca. 1845

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Zip was the beloved bull terrier of Dr. Sumner Cummings of Portland. Family pets were as treasured in the 1840s as they are today, and their owners sought to capture their images by the newly discovered means of photography. This daguerreotype appears to be a companion piece to a portrait of Dr. Cummings. The Gold-tone octagon mat with pebble finish includes a scroll center motif designed by William Shew.

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  • Title: Portrait of Zip, Portland, ca. 1845
  • Creator: Shew, William
  • Creation Date: circa 1845
  • Subject Date: circa 1845
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Daguerreotype
  • Dimensions: 7 cm x 8.3 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 439, Box 2/4
  • Collection: Cummings family daguerreotypes
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
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