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Boston Daguerreotypist, Reuben F. Lovering, Half Plate Daguerreotype of Three Women, Including Lovering's Wife 

Half plate, beautifully posed daguerreotype portrait of three attractive women, housed under a decorative mat in an oval, gilt frame, 9 x 10.25 in. Although unmarked, an inked note affixed on frame verso, dated 1937 and presumably written by a Lovering family descendant, identifies Reuben F. Lovering as the photographer. The note identifies the sitters as follows: Amanda Roby Whittle (m. Dr. Joshua F. Wh., brother of 2 below). Martha A. Whittle Lovering (m. Reuben F. Lov.) photographer. Mary Elizabeth Whittle Lovering (m. Joseph H. Lov.; brother of Reuben). Hillsborough, N.H. Circa 1853-55.

Reuben Lovering has been identified as working at Plumbe's Daguerreian Gallery from 1843-1847, and he purportedly wintered in Columbus, GA in 1846. He was also listed as a Boston daguerreotypist from 1843-1851 and 1855. Between 1850-1851, it is likely that Lovering worked with his brother, Joseph, who lived at the same Boston address as Reuben during that year. From 1859-1861, he was listed at a Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA address, and was in a partnership with Charles F. Hamilton.


With vertical scratch on plate surface that extends through left edge of face of woman seated at left, otherwise image is exceptionally clear. Wear to frame.

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Boston Daguerreotypist, Reuben F. Lovering, Half Plate

Estimate $500 - $700Jun 13, 2014
6270 Este Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45232
United States
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