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This daguerreotype is a copy of a portrait painting of Eliphaz Chapman. A note pinned to the inside case cover reads, ”Eliphaz Chapman, father of Robert A. Chapman.”
Daguerreotype portraits and painted portraits had an interesting relationship in the mid-19th century. Many portraits painters used daguerreotypes as a basis for their work.
Emerson is quoted in Beaumont Newhall's The Daguerretype in America as writing: "'Tis certain that the Daguerreotype is the true Republican style of painting. The artist stands aside and lets you paint yourself."
About This Item
- Title: Eliphaz Chapman, ca. 1845
- Creation Date: circa 1845
- Subject Date: circa 1845
- State: ME
- Media: Daguerreotype
- Local Code: 2008.377.058
- Collection: Vickery-Shettleworth collection of early Maine photography
- Object Type: Image
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