Sixth Plate



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REAL OR ARTISTICALLY RENDERED? When you notice multiple reflections in my scans, and I am referring to the studious gent’s right hand and white shirt cuff, you should instantly realize that any retaped sixth plate dag has phenomenal reflected depth that equals any hologram you have ever seen! This superlative effort taken circa late 1843 was made on a medium weight SCOVILLS marked plate. The daguerreotypist used a rather exotic painted background done in Trompe de’loeil style that at first caused consternation in my mind’s eye because I really thought that a mobile man with his camera took the fellow in his library! A couple of folks who know art far better than myself assured me in fact that the background was an artist’s clever fabrication. Very effective don’t you think? As you can see, solarization occurred in the brightest areas of the man’s outstanding likeness. He was seated sideways on a wooden chair and draped his arm around the top to add stability while he sat for a tolerable length of time. Strangely, I don’t think anything but his neatly manicured fingers touched the cloth next to those books, unless the operator cleverly placed a tiny hidden object underneath his arm for extra support. The chap tightened his lips and looked down at his feet while the lens was uncovered, thus creating a rather unique posture for his portrait. Brilliant use of light lit the subject from the right so well that his face was also rendered in three dimensions. The shadows were softened somewhat by the placement of a vertical white reflector near the chap’s other elbow. The blizzard of specks, except for the mold mites upper left in my pixel portrayal, is virtually unseen as this patron of daguerreotypy is admired. One case maker only used the geometric design on the cover of the lovely light chocolate brown leather case that is intact. “PLUMBE MANUFACTURER N.Y.” was stamped horizontally in the central symmetrical pattern. Inside, an unadorned bright red silk pad was placed opposite the educated gentleman who was permitted to wear his glasses during the exposure.

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