Portraits by Augustus Washington, African American Daguerreotypist
A Durable Memento is the first major exhibition to address the work of one of only a handful of African American daguerreotypists whose work has been identified and whose career has been documented. Drawing from diverse sources, such as the Connecticut Historical Society, the Library of Congress, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and private collections, the exhibition will feature daguerreotypes from two distinct periods in Augustus Washington's career: his tenure in Hartford, Connecticut (1847-1853) and the early years of his residency in Liberia. The exhibition will also consider both Washington's personal history as a free person of color in ante-bellum America and the factors which inspired his emigration to Liberia in 1853. The exhibition includes 30 daguerreotypes and associative material, including Washington's personal letters, advertisements for his photography studio, and a painting of the Liberian Senate, based on photographs by Washington. This exhibition has been organized by the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
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