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Artistic scene with house
Private collection of Michael Lehr
Of the numerous daguerreian portraits, only a few attain true artistic status. The same is true of the less common scenes with houses. Here is one of those very special ones.
The house itself is of a nice scale within the horizontal + plate format. The verticals of the tree [slightly leaning,] the two hitching posts, the chimneys and the geometric shapes of the house make a fine composition. The foliage is rich. The light comes strongly from the left, making a clear shadow of the right chimney, and illuminating the left side of the hitching post at right. There is a light "shadow" coming down from the left chimney, probably where the roof was somewhat protected from the weather by the chimney. There are other interesting details, such as the rough pile of rocks in front, and the rustic fence.
The image is rich and clear and the plate is perfect, re-sealed against the mat. In a nice case with separated cover.