Henry Dexter, sculptor

Description

Born in 1806 in Nelson, New York, as a child Henry Dexter wanted to be an artist. While apprenticed to a blacksmith, he took his first painting lessons. After moving to Boston in 1836, Dexter opened a portrait studio, and within several years, he was painting the likenesses of well-known people. He taught himself the art of sculpture and specialized in portrait busts. Dexter sculpted busts of famous individuals, such as Charles Dickens and President James Buchanan. This bust-length portrait of Dexter was taken around 1855. Dexter died in 1876 in Boston. Neg #13498-B.

Details

Descriptive Terms

portraits
men (male humans)
portrait format
busts (figures)
sculptors
daguerreotypes (photographs)
photographs

Additional Identification Number

DagID 304

Physical Description

1 daguerreotype

Collection Code

PC005

Collection Name

Daguerreotypes collection, ca. 1845-1865

Reference Code

PC005.D01.001

Image Dimensions

8 1/2 x 6 1/2 (HxW)(inches)

Dimensions

9 1/2 x 7 1/4 x 3/4 (HxWxD)(inches)

Record Details

Originator

Southworth & Hawes (Photographic studio)

Material Type

daguerreotypes (photographs)
photographs

Other People

Dexter, Henry, 1806-1876

Description Level

Item

Location Note

HGO-01-004-A-6 [Drawer 42 in old database]

Historical/Biographical Note

Sources


Romer, Grant B. and Brian Wallis, eds. Young America: The Daguerreotypes of Southworth & Hawes, 281.
The Winterthur Library website, finding aid to the Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera, http://findingaid.winterthur.org/html/HTML_Finding_Aids/COL0405.htm, accessed 2010-07-01.
Albee, John. Henry Dexter, Sculptor: A Memorial, 77.