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Philadelphians' Uses of

Silhouettes, Miniatures and
Daguerreotypes

with Anne Verplanck

Co-sponsored by the
American Philosophical Society
The Library Company of Philadelphia
Summary
Philadelphians from 1760 to 1860 commissioned
specific types of small-scale portraits: silhouettes,
miniatures and daguerreotypes (early photos).

Charles Willson Peale and John Henry Brown
were prominent artists. Quakers gravitated towards
silhouettes and later, daguerreotypes.
Summary
Philadelphians simultaneously crafted their
identities and shaped art markets.

Silhouettes, daguerreotypes and ambrotypes from
the APS and The Library Company will be
highlighted in this talk.
Anne Verplanck, Ph.D.
Independent scholar and curator based
in Chadds Ford, PA. Worked in museum
field since 1980, formerly as the Curator
of Prints and Paintings at Winterthur
Museum.

Graduate of Connecticut College, and
earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the
College of William and Mary.
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Catching a Shadow:
Daguerreotypes in
Philadelphia, 1839-1860

• Philadelphia daguerreotypists
including Robert Cornelius, Marcus
Root and Langenheim brothers.

• Daguerreotypes, early books, studio
advertisements, equipment and related
ephemera.
Catching a Shadow:
Daguerreotypes in
Philadelphia, 1839-1860

Exhibit runs through Feb. 26, 2010
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These books are for sale at special discounted prices
in the rear of the auditorium:

“Tintype in America: 1856-1880”
(APS Transaction 97, 2)
(Click image to Add to Cart)

“American Photographic Patents
1840-1880: The Daguerreotype
and Wet Plate Era”
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The Tintype in America: 1856-1880
American Photographic Patents:
The Daguerreotype and the Wet Plate Era 1840-1880
These books are for sale at special discounted prices in the
rear of the auditorium:

“Tintype in America: 1856-1880”
(APS Transaction 97, 2)
(Click image to Add to Cart)

“American Photographic Patents
1840-1880: The Daguerreotype
and Wet Plate Era”
(Click image to Add to Cart)
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