[Copy daguerreotype of a daguerreotype portrait of an unidentified man]

Unknown maker, Americanabout 1848

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Since the daguerreotype process did not involve a negative, the plate could only be copied by rephotographing it. Although the process was difficult and fairly cumbersome, it was highly profitable. Multiple copies of famous people were widespread, and families often required duplicates for their relatives.

This daguerreotype plate reveals the manufacturer's name: Edmund White & Co. of New York, the largest plate maker in America in the 1840s. Also visible, stamped in reverse along the bottom edge of the plate, are the words "Best Quality Art."

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  • Title: [Copy daguerreotype of a daguerreotype portrait of an unidentified man]
  • Creator: Unknown maker, American
  • Date: about 1848
  • Location Created: New York, United States
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Daguerreotype
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Cased object
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.XT.1568.7
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: American
  • Classification: Photographs