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Two girls

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Two girls about 1850
This daguerreotype has been hand-coloured with dry paint to stress the relationship between the two girls - they are presumably sisters, wearing the same dresses and the same coral necklaces. Welling has executed this portrait in the American tradition with the sitters staring straight out at us. There are no softening shadows, favoured by European photographers.

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One of the first two effective photographic processes. A unique image on a silvered copper plate, sensitised by iodine, is exposed and then developed with mercury vapour. The surface of the daguerreotype is vulnerable and it is usually encased or framed.



  • Acc. No. PGP R 9
  • Medium Hand-tinted daguerreotype
  • Size 8.20 x 6.90 cm
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell 1985