HENRY CLAY, SALT PRINT.

HENRY CLAY, SALT PRINT.

HENRY CLAY, SALT PRINT. This is a period copy print made from an 1848 daguerreotype, Plate 82 in Pfister, “Facing the Light” p. 217. The original daguerreotype has been attributed to Julian Vannerson, but there is some indication it may be by the Philadelphia daguerreotypist Montgomery P. Simons. Clay was one of the major figures in pre-Civil War America. He was speaker of the House of Representatives, and unsuccessfully ran for President. He was a moderate on the issue of the extension of slavery, but supported the Confederacy during the Civil War. According to Pfister, the daguerreotypes of Clay don’t capture his dynamic charismatic forcefulness, but this portrait nevertheless has an interesting and memorable character. This is a 6 ΒΌ x 5 1/8 print mounted on an album page. It is just a little light, but clean and without any problems. [3+]

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