Portrait by Hessler



Fabulous quarter-plate daguerreotype of a charming young man by the well known daguerreian, Alexander Hesler. Our sitter is dressed in winter attire suitable for the harsh conditions of Chicago. He wears a heavy wool double breasted overcoat with his suit barely visible beneath. Posed in semi-profile, he exudes a sense of confidence with just a hint of attitude and self-confidence. A slight smile graces his face. Hesler was born in Canada and is one of the most recognized and accomplished names in the industry. According to Craig’s Registry he first learned the daguerreian process in 1847. This image is identified by a velvet mat stamp for his studio, the Metropolitan Gallery, LaSelle,(sic) St., Chicago. Hesler worked in this area from 1855-60. The plate is in excellent condition with very nice tonal qualities and contrast. There is a slender pattern of blue tarnish along the perimeter with a few small mat marks. There are some small scattered spots that are magnified by the scan and a light line below the collar of his jacket. Under magnification in strong light this appears to be an imperfection in the plate and not a hairline scratch. Hesler’s daguerreotypes rarely are available on the marketplace so please don’t miss this opportunity to add an example by this historical photographer to your collection.