Portrait of Three Women (Main View)


The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

The power of this daguerreotype comes from the way the photographer has grouped the figures--perhaps three sisters, or a mother with her two daughters. He has carefully orchestrated the rhythm of their hands, the multiple directions of their glances, and their stances. Moreover, their strikingly different hairstyles also raise the question of whether the photographer had a hand in creating their distinctive coiffures.


  • Title: Portrait of Three Women (Main View)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 1849
  • Physical Dimensions: 6.7 × 8.4 cm (2 5/8 × 3 5/16 in.)
  • Type: Cased object
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Daguerreotype
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 84.XT.1577.2
  • Culture: American
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown maker, American
  • Classification: Photographs (Visual Works)

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