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William Edward Kilburn
Portrait of a woman
Daguerreotype, 1/4 plate
Courtesy of Capitol Gallery (Spring 2007 Auction, #10)
Quarter-plate daguerreotype of a woman by William Edward Kiburn, identified by a gold embossed stamp on the front of the case. Kilburn opened his first studio at 234 Regent Street in London in 1846. After photographing the Queen and Prince he declared himself to be "her Majesty's Daguerreotypist" as evidenced by the two crowns above his studio address. Kilburn employed high class miniature painters such as M. Mansion to delicately hand tint his images. This, in combination with Kilburn's artistic vision and his skillful daguerreian talents, present us with a rare combination not often seen in the early days of photography.
The young woman is posed in front of a wonderful painted backdrop with a castle in the distance to the left and a fern-like plant on the right which has light green highlights. A column is also strategically posed on the right. The clouds have wonderful tints of pink and white while the sky has a beautiful blue hue. Our beautiful young subject's geometric-patterned wrap has an overall tone of blue with gorgeous red and yellow/gold highlights in the design. Gold gilding has been applied to her brooch, chain, rings and the buckle at her waist. Small highlights have been added to the brooch itself. Flesh tones are visible throughout with an extra layer of pink tinting applied to her cheeks and red to her lips.