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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
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.