Eleven Daguerreotype Boston Area Sears/May Family Portraits
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Eleven Daguerreotype Boston Area Sears/May Family Portraits, the portraits depicting members of two Boston-area families associated by marriage, each sitter identified on inscribed labels pinned to the velvet pads, comprising two quarter-plate portraits of Samuel Pearce May (1828-c. 1910), a sixth-plate portrait and a ninth-plate copy of a portrait of Samuel's first wife, Mary Jane (Sears) (1828-1860); four ninth-plate portraits: a portrait of the couple's deceased daughter Lucy R. May (1857-1859), an image of three of Mary Jane's younger siblings, a brother labeled "Richard W. Sears, 1835-1880 'Uncle Dick' April 1854," and a portrait of two sisters taken at a young age labeled "Emma Elizabeth Sears" (b. 1838) and "Adelaide (Addie) L. Sears" (b. 1840), and a portrait of a girl labeled "Mary Ann May"; each mounted in pressed-paper/leather cases, (imperfections).
Each portrait has varying degrees of tarnish, spiders, corrosion, and dust. The sixteenth-plate copied portrait of Mary Jane is particularly tarnished, dusty and has two green corrosion spots; five of the cases are split.
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