unattributed Edwin Forrest Dag

In researching my composite dag (see my avatar) I came across this daguerreotype of Edwin Forrest that was once owned by the Daguerreotypist James Landy.  Landy's Wife donated the daguerreotype to the Cincinnati Art Museum at the end of the 19th century. Note the corner motif on the Daguerreotype of Edwin Forrest at the Cincinnati Art Museum.  The only place I could find this "EXACT" Corner Motif was used on Waterworks Panoramic Daguerreotypes by Porter and also another one  by Fontayne and Porter.  They used the Motif at the bottoms of the Columns on the 2 different mentioned multi daguerreotype plate panoramics. Below is a close up of the Gold Miner in my composite dag showing the same corner Motifs as in the Edwin Forrest Daguerreotype at Cincinnati Art Musuem. Also part of my composite dag is a man in the lower right corner with arms crossed in Gothic Chair.   I have found 5 examples of this same studio with same lighting and Gothic Chair, but no credits to who the photographer was.  2 of which was owned by antique photography dealers that I contacted without a response. I believe the unattributed  Edwin Forrest Daguerreotype currently at Cincinnati Art Museum was done by Fontayne & Porter or one or the other.

Mark McLain

Mark McLain

Dealing in Daguerreotypes and other types of antique photography is my occupation and also my Hobby. My wife Wendy McLain is also very active in the trade with me. We have had a lot of fun over the years going to auctions and antique shops looking for new material. My daughter Jazmyn and I will be set up at the DC PHOTO SHOW March 10, 2019. We plan on bringing some Daguerreotypes, Maine Civil War Images and a few Political Campaign Items. Also plan on bringing a good selection of snapshots at a low set cost. Our website address is: www.mainepast.com please don't hesitate to contact me on anything. Thanks Mark

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