A March 1843 Daguerreotype portrait

John Quincy Adams, March 1843

Toronto. Where would we be without the thoughtful benefit of George Dunbar? Once again George found a photographically interesting item and sent me a quick note. Sotheby’s, the famous auction house, will auction off a daguerreotype of the 6th president of the United States, John Quincy Adams, taken in a Washington DC studio in March 1843, just short of five years before his death. The 76 year old senior politician sat for his portrait just four years after photography was invented.

Sotheby’s estimate the portrait is worth an eighth to a quarter of a million US dollars.

The link George included in his note is for the NY Times article covering the forthcoming auction. Before this portrait, one taken a few months later in August 1843 was considered the oldest known photograph of an American president.

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