Sixth plate Daguerreotype of a painted portrait of Rev Leonard Worcester of Peacham Vermont. What makes this image especially interesting is that it is of a painted portrait of man. One can assume that multiple family members wanted to capture this painted portrait as a keepsake and the modern to them development of photography enabled them to share a unique image. This gentleman with long white hair and a high white collar wears a dark jacket. The case has an unusual floral geometric design and is missing the top and bottom pieces as pictured. It only has one hinge and has the evidence that the case has been repaired with tape in the past. Inside there is rust colored velvet. The image is housed in an early octagon heavy textured mat with a separate preserver. Some scratches and oxidation exist to the image
Reverend Leonard Worcester was born in 1799 and died in 1846. He was a Presbyterian minister and he and his son who was also a minister preached for 34 years in Peacham Vermont. There is a fair amount of information about him at the Ancestry web site. Here is a quote about him from the History of Barnett Vermont ‘These two ministers father and son were men of cheerful temperament, social, good story tellers who met people easily’ We so often see these old images of people and wonder about their stories. It’s nice to actually know such details about one.
Daguerreotypes are the earliest photographic images and date from 1840-1855. They are images made on polished silver so are very reflective like a mirror. Since they are on silver, they are subject to tarnish and often have areas of tarnish around the edge of the picture.
Size: Case is 3 1/8 x 3 5/8 inches
Condition: Case is missing upper and lower pieces. The case has been repaired with tape at some time in the past. Some scratches and oxidation to image as pictured.
References: Photographic cases by Adele Kenny and 19th century Photographic Cases by Paul K Berg
Named Daguerreotype of Painted Portrait of Reverend Leonard Worcester of Peacham Vt.