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Daguerreotype Comparison

This is the first comparison of the known 1847 daguerreotype and this new one dated 1859:

Read Tom Tamm's description of creating the daguerreotype comparison.

Besides the comparison of the 17 year old Emily Dickinson to the Emily Dickinson in her late 20s, Tom Thamm has also produced several other compelling comparisons.

A daguerreotype of Lavinia Dickinson was taken in 1852, five years after the 1847 daguerreotype of Emily that has been so widely distributed and seven years before the newly discovered daguerreotype was taken. This comparison shows family resemblance, but there is much more to say about the 1852 daguerreotype of Lavinia, which was made in Otis H. Cooley's studio. Within a few years, J.C. Spooner, who produced the 1859 daguerreotype of Emily and Kate Scott, would be advertising that he was shooting daguerreotypes Cooley's studio, a studio with which the Dickinson family was very familiar and which Spooner purchased in 1855. Important too is that Spooner was still making daguerreotypes in 1859, though ambrotypes and tintypes were beginning to displace the more labor-intensive daguerreotype method.

Enjoy this comparison of sisters Lavinia and Emily Dickinson:

This next compares the image of Kate Scott in the 1859 daguerreotype with that of one made in 1861-1863 (and likely earlier in that period rather than later):

This might be considered a creative reenactment of Dr. Pepin's scientific comparison of the eyes of Emily (1847) and Emily (1859):

Featured here is a colorized video comparing O.A. (Otis Allen) Bullard's 1840 painting of the Dickinson children with the new daguerreotype:

Last updated September 30, 2012