Samuel and Marcus Aurelius Root, P.T. Barnum and General Tom Thumb , c. 1850, Half-plate daguerreotype.
The 2018 installation of the Daguerreian Gallery celebrates the National Portrait Gallery’s golden anniversary by highlighting fifty years of daguerreotype collecting by the museum. Included will be portraits of such iconic figures as activist and reformer Dorothea Dix, entrepreneur and showman P. T. Barnum with Tom Thumb, Seneca Chief Governor Blacksnake, U.S. Navy Commodore Matthew C. Perry, and artist Alfred Waud.
(Photo courtesy of National portrait Gallery, Smithsonian.)