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Luther Boswell for Mathew Brady

Jenny Lind


Sixth-plate daguerreotype

3 3/4 x 3 1/8 in. (9.5 x 7.9 cm)

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA. Purchase, partial gift of Kathryn K. Porter and Charles and Judy Hudson, 89.75

Mathew Brady incorporated portraits like this one of Jenny Lind and other celebrities into the gallery at his studio, which attracted customers and bolstered his reputation. Copies of these unique images (whole plate daguerreotype) were made by re-photographing the original, which in this case was photographed by Luther Boswell working for Brady in September 1850, which accounts for this laterally-reversed image from 1852 (sixth-plate daguerreotype).

— Claire McRee + Laura Kelly-Bowditch