Another recent acquisition for the collection is this daguerreotype of an unknown man by R. N. Keely, of 322 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia. Also an early daguerreotype (discernible by the attire of the sitter and the style of the mat), this is probably from the late 1840s. While the mat itself is still quite plain, it bears the photographer’s imprint, and the whole packet (this time complete with intact original seals!) is wrapped in a gilt brass frame.
I was also pleased to see that in this acquisition I had yet another photographer’s studio address to add to my Philadelphia Victorian Photographers’ map. Were I sufficiently motivated and had enough free time, I’d love to sync up the images in my collection with the studios’ addresses, and ideally match the dates as well. But, that would be a great project for an intern to tackle, should I ever have one (hmmm… maybe I should approach my high school alma mater and see if there would be a talented kid interested in the project????).
4 thoughts on “Anonymous Man by R.N. Keely, Philadelphia”
The vest, the tie, the little bit of cheek tint… I do love daguerreotypes.
I bet there would be a kid who’d be interested. Most teens don’t even know what a daguerreotype is but when they find out they are usually hooked.
I think I may have one of these portraits in the original case. If interested please notify me
You can send me pictures and a price via email – dcphotoartist at gmail dot com. I’d be interested to see it and consider a purchase.