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    Early Photography: Daguerreotype of African American Gentleman. Sixth plate portrait of seated, well-dressed, unidentified young African American taken in the daguerreotype studio of Rufus P. Anson. Anson began as a daguerreotypist in 1852 and opened his Broadway studio a year later. It is unclear if Anson himself created this image since he employed fifteen camera operators. Nevertheless, he made sure that he advertised actively, imprinting his name and address of his establishment, "Anson 589 Broadway," on the velvet pad as well as on the brass mat, a practice which was unusual for the time. It is also uncommon to find daguerreotypes of African Americans marked by the maker, especially by those located in major American cities. The photograph is housed in an embossed paper case with detached cover. The portrait is crystal clear and in excellent condition with just some minor brown spotting here-and-there.

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