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Aunt Jane & Uncle Jerry, Slaves Owned by Norfolk, Virginia, Family
Daguerreotype, 1/4 plate
Cowan's Auctions, Inc
Auction 13 June 2014, "American History", Lot: 12
An African American couple on their wedding day, both well dressed, the woman with a green-tinted dress and both with gold-tinted jewelry. The portrait was possibly taken in the Jesse H. Whitehurst gallery, as the same style of chair is seen in other Whitehurst daguerreotypes. A CDV copy of the same image by T.W. Clark of Norfolk, VA, is included, identifying the couple as Aunt Jane and Uncle Jerry. Clark was an operator at Whitehurst's Norfolk gallery and later operated the gallery under his own name. Accompanied by research strongly suggesting the couple were slaves who belonged to John Andrew Simpson of Chesterfield County and Norfolk, VA. According to family tradition, Jane and Jerry cared for Simpson's family while he served in the Confederate Army.