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Southworth & Hawes
[Court Street, Boston, Massachusetts]
Daguerreotype, whole plate, detail
Library of the Boston Athenaeum
Guernsey's. Naylor collection, D262, Location/Call number: Prints and Photographs Dept., (photo) UTB-1 B64B6 St.c.(no.1)
This daguerreotype is one of the oldest photographic views of Boston. Taken from the photographer’s studio window on Tremont Row, the daguerreotype shows the stores along Court Street and, in the middle ground, the Old State House. Fort Hill, which was levelled in 1868, can be seen in the far right background. The vertical scratch on this daguerreotype was probably caused by a metal clamp in one of Southworth & Hawes’ storage boxes.
A whole plate daguerreotype from the studio of Southworth & Hawes, taken in Boston, Massachusetts circa 1848, showing the North side of Court Street between Tremont and Washington Streets with Fort Hill seen in the background at the far right. The view also includes the Old State House; Tudor's Building; the American Traveller Building (newspaper); S. Klous, hat shop at 27 Court Street; Henry Prentiss, music and umbrella shop at 33 Court Street; and Charles A. Huckins, hat shop at 49 Court Street.