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Early Maine Photography - Studio Portraits

Studio Portraits Studio Portrait Slideshow Click on image for full slideshow Beginning the 1840s, photographers sought to make the connection…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - John Martin self portrait, 1889

John Martin self portrait, 1889 Contributed by Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum Description John Martin (1823-1904) of…

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Historic Hallowell - Portrait of the Proprietor

Portrait of the Proprietor Gov. Joseph R. Bodwell, Hallowell, ca. 1887Hubbard Free Library Joseph Bodwell opened granite quarries in…

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Early Maine Photography - Art - Page 1 of 2

While Leland’s artist remains unknown, the Day portrait was the work of Portland portrait painter Charles O. Cole.

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Early Maine Photography - Art

This uncropped photograph (at right) reveals a portrait placed before the camera on a cane seated chair.

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Early Maine Photography - Human Interest

… less formal and more creative in composing studio portraits. In an ambrotype, little Eleanor Bradley Peters proudly wears her large fur lined…

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Early Maine Photography - Famous People - Page 1 of 3

… Washington in 1814, she rescued the full-length portrait of George Washington from the East Room. In 1817 the Madisons returned to Montpelier…

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Early Maine Photography - Portland Photographers

… A Portland native, Howe made many daguerreotype portraits in the 1850s, including eleven in the Collection.

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Early Maine Photography - Groups - Page 1 of 2

… seems as much a collection of individual portraits as it does a group picture. The inscription on the reverse that “This picture is to be given to…

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Early Maine Photography - Art - Page 2 of 2

… seated between a trompe l’oeil doorway and window. The window drapery is rendered in a manner reminiscent of those found in primitive portraits.

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Early Maine Photography - Occupational Photography

Reflecting Maine’s seagoing heritage are four portrait photographs of captains whose stern faces reflect the responsibilities of commanding a ship at…

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Early Maine Photography - Family Groups

This three generation portrait places a grandmother at the center flanked by a mother and father. Two boys stand behind them and a third sits in…

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Early Maine Photography - Post-Mortem & Mourning

Her absence is conspicuous in this touching portrait of a young family facing the future without a wife and mother.

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Early Maine Photography - Occupational

Maine occupational portraits are well represented in the Vickery-Shettleworth Collection by daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes.

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Early Maine Photography - War - Page 2 of 2

Friends at home, in return, send their portraits to the soldiers…Most of these are taken on the (tintype) plate for the reason that it is light…

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Early Maine Photography - Famous People - Page 3 of 3

Thus, his image is known only through portraits painted during his lifetime, including this one that has survived through a daguerreotype copy.

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Early Maine Photography - The Vickery-Shettleworth Collection

Soon his criteria expanded to include portrait photographs of Maine people by local photographers. In junior high school, Earle Shettleworth read…

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Farmington: Franklin County's Shiretown - Farmington High School girls basketball team, 1919

… Historical Society Description Group portrait of the 1919 Farmington High School Girls Basketball team.

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Charles K. Savage (1903-1979): The View from Asticou - Page 1 of 6

… village trails, artistically developing landscape portraits in the dark room at his Clover Cottage home, drawing small and detailed pencil…

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Stairs-Beckwith Farm, Presque Isle, ca. 1950

… had aerial photographs taken so that a large portrait of the farm buildings could be displayed in a prominent place in the home.

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Historic Clothing Collection - Eighteenth Century - Page 2 of 3

… required royal court dress, and seen in her 1783 portrait by Elizabeth Vigée Le Brun (Metropolitan Museum of Art).

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Early Maine Photography - Landscape Photography - Page 2 of 2

Landscape Photography Landscape Photography Slideshow Click on image for full slideshow Dotting the landscape of mid-nineteenth century Maine…

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Early Maine Photography - Landscape Photography - Page 1 of 2

Landscape Photography Connor and Hathorn Building, Pittsfield, ca. 1860Maine Historical Society Early outdoor photographs are…

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Early Maine Photography - Famous People - Page 2 of 3

Famous People Hannibal Hamlin, ca. 1860Maine Historical Society Hannibal Hamlin This ambrotype of Hannibal Hamlin (1809-1891) probably dates…