The subject of this dageurreotype, a charming and pensive child, was photographed steading herself for the long exposure of the camera by resting a hand on the seat of a chair with a leaf-carved crest, which compliments the dangling red-tinted bouquet that she holds in her other hand in a seemingly casual gesture that belies the intensity of her gaze on the photographer.
She wears beautiful lace pantaloons and high-topped shoes, features which in themselves date the making of the image, probaly between 1845 and 1850, and ribbons hold her dangling curls back from her face. The lighting of the picture is subtle but finely chosen by an artist/photographer of great skill.
In her original brass mat and pressed paper case which is mounted on brown suede and in a modern carved and gilded frame fitted with museum glass. Plate tarnished to sides and resealed. Framed dimensions are 8 x 12 3/4 inches.