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John D. Hopkins
Still life with daguerreotype album and memorabilia
Oil on canvas
35 3/4 x 26 3/4 ins (image) 45 1/2 x 37 ins (frame)
Williams Research Center of the Historic New Orleans Collection
Acquisition made possible by the Boyd Cruise Fund, 2013.0238.2, photographed by Lee Eltzroth.
Curatorial description (30 August 2018)
Painted image of a footed vase with a large bouquet of flowers, including lilies, pansies, roses, daisies, and chrysanthemums. The blue vase shows a scene with two equestrian riders on a riverbank. The vessel has an ornate gold trim with a putto on each handle. In the lower right is an open, empty daguerreotype album. At the bottom left are: a card from the New Orleans Rifle Club Grand Shooting Festival; a card from Magnolia Shooting Park, signed J. H. Kelly; the calling card of Ella Blanche Graves; the calling card of [obscured] Skinner, Steamer Sherlock; the card from Pastime [sic] Social Club with the name G. Hopkins; and a calling card or business card reading Wm. F. Reilly, Natchez. Inside is tucked a card reading: Program of Fireworks at the Third Annual [obscured].
Alan Griffiths (30 August 2018)
The album depicted is almost certainly for tintype or carte de visites.