Lola Montez in 1851, daguerreotype by Southworth & Hawes.
Irish dancer and actress who became famous as a “Spanish dancer”, courtesan, and mistress of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, who made her Countess of Landsfeld
Southworth and Hawes were two important figures in early portraiture. This selection of their work is indicative to much of the early portrait work at this time, with minimal background, similar lighting and staging, and the indirect gaze of the subject.
The owned a firm in Boston and worked in the daguerreotype process, as you can see with each of the above images. Later on, I will show some of their more experimental work - but I wanted to share these particular portraits first.
Cassius Clay was an abolitionist from Kentucky, and a founder of the Republican Party. In the Lincoln Administration he was envoy to Russia and was also instrumental in keeping European countries from supporting the south. photo taken in Boston by Southworth and Hawes. 1851.