Sunday, February 26, 2012

The John Tanner Daguerreotype [Update February 26, 2012]


Since there is a lot of interest in a picture recently posted online and reported to be a daguerreotype of John Tanner, and since I have had a number of requests from Tanner relatives, I will be writing and posting an extended article about the daguerreotype at the end of this week [Feb 23:] beginning of next week. [Update, February 26:] This will probably be a multi-day post, from March 5th through the 9th. Once I started writing the post, it got longer and longer, and there is a lot of material to cover, and is too much to try to condense into one day.


John Tanner lived at Lake George, New York, before he and his family joined the Church and moved West. Shown above is a view of Lake George as painted by Marie-Francois-Regis Gignoux. The picture was provided to Wikipedia by the Brooklyn Museum, which owns the 1868 work.

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