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Jeremiah Gurney
Woman and Child, n.d., sixth plate
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Museum purchase from the Charles Isaacs Collection, made possible
in part by the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

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With giant-like rapidity [the daguerreotype] has taken with boldest strides a foremost place in practical excellence and when it is recollected, that, but a few years back, that which was but a useless toy in the hands of a scientific amateur, has become the means of livelihood to tens of thousands, and the product the elegant companion of the parlour and boudoir,—what then, may not be expected of an art which has such ready-made excellence?
 

—Jeremiah Gurney, "A Letter," Daguerreian Journal, May 1851


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