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.