Senator George Ellis Pugh of Ohio

Whitehurst Studio (American)c.1857

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Photographing prominent politicians or other celebrities was an effective advertisement for the quality and prestige of a portrait studio. Whitehurst Studio opened in 1849 and soon had galleries in 12 cities, including Cincinnati, producing 30,000 daguerreotypes a year. In 1857 its Washington branch advertised it had photographed the entire Congress. To outflank competition from cheaper operators, Whitehurst, in1854, became a pioneer in America in the production of paper photographs. This is a rare example of an American salted paper print, one of the early paper print processes quickly succeeded by albumen prints. Pugh, a Cincinnati lawyer, represented Ohio in the US Senate from 1855 to 1861.

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  • Title: Senator George Ellis Pugh of Ohio
  • Creator: Whitehurst Studio (American)
  • Date Created: c.1857
  • Physical Dimensions: Image: 31.1 x 23.7 cm (12 1/4 x 9 5/16 in.); Paper: 31.1 x 23.7 cm (12 1/4 x 9 5/16 in.); Matted: 55.9 x 45.7 cm (22 x 18 in.)
  • Type: Photograph
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1997.194
  • Medium: salted paper print from wet collodion negative
  • Department: Photography
  • Culture: America, 20th century
  • Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
  • Collection: PH - American 19th Century
  • Accession Number: 1997.194

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