[Four Men Posed with a Bull]

Unknown maker, Americanabout 1850

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

A large bull stands perfectly still in profile, hitched to a post at the center of the image and nearly filling the daguerreotype frame. Five men in hats stand at a distance behind the prized animal, framing and enclosing it in a watchful semi-circle of caretakers. This photograph was probably created to preserve a visual record of an animal that had recently brought recognition to its owner. The buildings visible in the background suggest that this daguerreotype record was made in town, probably in a central square where the award-winning animal would have been accessible to all curious onlookers.

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  • Title: [Four Men Posed with a Bull]
  • Creator: Unknown maker, American
  • Date: about 1850
  • Physical Dimensions: 5.6 x 6.7 cm (2 3/16 x 2 5/8 in.)
  • 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.1582.25
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: American
  • Classification: Photographs