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Title
Daguerreotype portrait of Henry David Thoreau
Names
Maxham, B. D. (Benjamin Dexter), 1821-1899 (Photographer)
Collection

Henry David Thoreau Papers, 1837-1917 bulk (1837-1860)

Series VI: Miscellaneous Items

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1856-06-18
Library locations
Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature
Shelf locator: Berg Coll MSS Thoreau
Shelf locator: Daguerreotype of Thoreau
Genres
Portraits
Photographs
Notes
Biographical/historical: "Thoreau wrote of this 1856 daguerreotype by Benjamin Maxham: 'my friends think [it] is pretty good though better looking than I.' His friend Horace Hosmer thought it the best likeness of Thoreau he had ever seen. It was made at the request of an admirer apparently unknown to Thoreau, who mailed him $5 in June 1856, with a request for two of his books and a daguerreotype of himself." Rodney Phillips, Hand of the Poet (New York: Rizzoli, 1997)
Ownership: W. T. H. Howe
Physical Description
Daguerreotypes
Extent: 1 daguerreotype
4 x 5 cm [image]. 6 x 7.5 x 1.5 cm [case] & 13.5 x 18.5 x 2.5 [Howe case].
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b15520476
MSS Unit ID: 19098
Accession number: 173812B
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 20741490-02ab-0131-f8e5-58d385a7bbd0
Rights Statement
The copyright and related rights status of this item has been reviewed by The New York Public Library, but we were unable to make a conclusive determination as to the copyright status of the item. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use.

Item timeline of events

  • 1821: Creator Born
  • 1856: Created
  • 1899: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, The New York Public Library. "Daguerreotype portrait of Henry David Thoreau" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1856. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/91e507c0-7f37-0132-7301-58d385a7b928

Chicago/Turabian Format

Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, The New York Public Library. "Daguerreotype portrait of Henry David Thoreau" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 27, 2020. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/91e507c0-7f37-0132-7301-58d385a7b928

APA Format

Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, The New York Public Library. (1856). Daguerreotype portrait of Henry David Thoreau Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/91e507c0-7f37-0132-7301-58d385a7b928

Wikipedia Citation

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Daguerreotype portrait of Henry David Thoreau