Three-Story House with Classical Porch (Main View, front)


The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Pride of ownership was undoubtedly the primary reason that the owners of this house commissioned this daguerreotype. They probably also wanted to record its extensive remodeling, including a trellised arbor on the side of the house, visible under the tree at right.

Three family members stand on the massive, newly built front porch dominated by columns. A servant steadies the family's two-wheeled cart and horse in the foreground. The photographer created this scene of American prosperity by placing his camera at a high level, where it encompassed all the details of the property.


  • Title: Three-Story House with Classical Porch (Main View, front)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 1851
  • 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.269.18
  • 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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