Samuel L. Carleton daguerreotype, Portland, ca. 1855

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Samuel L. Carleton, a daguerreotypist whose worked in Portland from 1847-1848 at 49 Middle Street and from 1852-1859 at 80 Middle Street, made this image of an unidentified woman.

The woman's cheeks and curtains behind her are tinted. Tinting, which was popular with consumers but not with art critics, was achieved by wetting the surface of the picture and applying dry powdered pigment with a fine-pointed brush.

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  • Title: Samuel L. Carleton daguerreotype, Portland, ca. 1855
  • Creator: Samuel L. Carleton
  • Creation Date: circa 1855
  • Subject Date: circa 1855
  • Location: Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Daguerreotype
  • Local Code: 2006.368.020
  • Collection: Vickery-Shettleworth collection of early Maine photography
  • Object Type: Image

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