Military Man Daguerreotype By Nathan Burgess of New York
1843c Man Double Breast Military Coat By Nathan Burgess Daguerreotype
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PD238: 1843/44c Quarter Plate Relaxed Man in Double Button Military Style Coat With Nathan Burgess Trademark Urn In Unusual Plumbe Style Case:
Important daguerreotype by a rarely seen early practitioner. Although this dag does not have the printed sign under the urn (picture uploaded is for reference purposes only), the image is almost certainly by Nathan G. Burgess who was amongst the first to experiment taking daguerreotypes in Paris during 1840 and was later to become Mathew Brady’s mentor. He was first listed as a daguerreian in 1843-1844, at 192 Broadway, New York City. He lived at 65 Murray Street. The composition is attractive and the urn on the table adds poignancy. Early hand stamped Scovills hallmark. There is a little discoloration , some minor scuff marks, one or two spots and a line to the upper right periphery near the mat. The case has been restored with a new hinge and leather food. The plate was soaked in distilled water, original glass cleaned and package archivally resealed.
Nathan G. Burgess Bio From Craig’s Daguerreian Registry: “He probably experimented with the daguerreian process in Paris, France, in 1840. According to one source, he met one of the men who made Daguerre’s earliest cameras, and with him and another unidentified companion attempted to take daguerreotypes in the city. Nathan G. Burgess was first listed as a daguerreian in 1843-1844, at 192 Broadway, New York City. He lived at 65 Murray St. From 1844 to 1846, he was listed with a “photographic gallery of colored daguerreotypes” at 192 Broadway, upstairs. In 1845-1846, he was not listed in the New York City directory, but in 1845 was listed in Springfield, Mass., at 4 Fountain Row, in partnership as Bostwick (W.E.) and Burgess. In 1846-1847, he was listed as a daguerreian at 5 Dey St. in New York City; he lived at the same address. From 1847 to 1849 he was listed at 181 Broadway; and from 1849 to 1852 at 187 Broadway. Another source has listed Burgess again in Springfield, Mass., in 1851, again in partnership as Bostwick and Burgess, on North Main Street. This is undoubtedly the same Nathan G. Burgess who, in December, 1851, opened a daguerreian gallery in Charleston, S.C., with C. D. Fredericks. The gallery was at 233 King Street, and lasted until sometime in 1852. In 1852, one source noted him as a daguerreian in New York City in rooms formerly occupied by George S. Cook, 293 Broadway. Before Cook had the rooms, the location was the gallery of C.C. Harrison. 1852 was the year Cook severed nis New York connections and returned to Charleston, S.C. Burgess was not listed in the New York City directories in 1852-1853, but was listed at 293 Broadway from 1853 to 1859. From 1856 to 1858 he was listed as a daguerreian in partnership as Burgess and Beniczky (K.W.) at 293 Broadway. Beniczky was listed at this address from 1854. Burgess’s residence in 1857-1858 was given as Brooklyn, N.Y. In 1858-1859 he was listed alone as a daguerreian at 293 Broadway; in 1859-1860 he was listed alone as a photographer at 663 Broadway, and lived at 49 Cranberry Street, Brooklyn.”
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