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Portrait of a Daguerreotypist (detail)
Daguerreotype, 1/6 plate
National Gallery of Canada, The Origins of Photography: The Matthew R. Isenburg and Enhanced Isenburg Collections 1840-1880
Daguerreotypist coloring a plate with a daguerreian coloring box. Illustrated is the standard box with eight bottles of powdered colors, brushes and a palette for mixing colors. The powders were so fine that they adhered to the plate with as little as the moisture from an expelled breath.
Close-up of the coloring box showing a bottle of liquid in front of the box which could be used as an agent to mix colors before applying to the plate. (Matt Isenburg)