THIS IS A GENEROUS DONATION FROM DENNIS WATERS.
Quarter plate Daguerreotype. Full case. Stamped in the brass mat, at lower left: "C.H. Williamson." Animated study of a father and child, in embrace, and both looking right at the camera. The facial tint is superb and the vignette effect is stunning.
The donors write: "Charles Williamson and his brother Edward were preeminent in their ability to produce a dazzling dark gray tone consistently that is rarely seen...Their professional use of an artistic palette of wide-ranging hues was unsurpassed. The sensibilities and skills they used to create marvelous relationships while posing their subjects astounds (us)...".