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Mrs. Hamilton and Frances Mary Hamilton, 1856

Antoine François Jean Claudet
French, British, 1797 - 1867
daguerreotype with applied colour
7.8 x 6.6 cm each; image: 6.8 x 5.8 cm right (sight)
Gift of Phyllis Lambert, Montreal, 1988
National Gallery of Canada (no. 30621)

portrait, double, female, female child; seated
Antoine Claudet learned the daguerreotype process from Louis Daguerre himself in 1839, before establishing his own studio in London two years later. Claudet soon became regarded as one of the best portrait photographers in England and was the first professional to use the stereo daguerreotype. Many of the fourteen daguerreotypes by Claudet in the National Gallery collection are connected to one extended family, the Hamiltons and Hoziers. In this stereo view, Frances Eliza Hamilton is seated with her daughter, Frances Mary Hamilton. With its delicate hand-colouring and studio props of slightly parted curtains, patterned wallpaper, ornate chairs, and table, the portrait is a representative example of Claudet's work.

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