Chester Ashley [1790-1848] - Daguerreotype

Chester Ashley [1790-1848] - Daguerreotype

Artist: Photographer unknown
Type: Silver-plated copper
Year: 1839-1850
Size/Dimensions: H: 4.375", W: 3.375"
Origin: Gala Fund Purchase
Accession Number: 90.28.3

In 1839, the photographic process was developed by France"s Louis Daguerre and Joseph Niepce, and made a one of a kind photographic image formed on a silver-plated copper surface. After the image was produced, it was placed in a decorative case for protection. The new invention soon spread to America, and eventually Arkansas. Although the developing process involved a toxic mix of chlorine, iodine, bromine, and cyanide, early photographers began traveling throughout the country, taking the portraits of their sitters." This type of photography was popular until the mid-1850s, when other newly developed variations and processes were practiced.

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Chester Ashley [1790-1848] - Daguerreotype