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Daguerreotype of Reverend Richard Salter Storrs Dickinson
[Philadelphia: Samuel Broadbent, 1853. Unbound. Near Fine. Portrait of Reverend Richard Salter Storrs Dickinson (1824-1856). Eighth plate daguerreotype. Measuring 3¾" x 4¾". Housed in a maroon leather hinged case with two brass clasps, a maroon velvet interior, and a gold foil mat. The image was taken by Samuel Broadbent, a photographer and portrait painter in Philadelphia, with his "S. Broadbent" mark clearly visible on the mount. The case is lightly rubbed and the hinge has separated; the plate has a touch of darkening at the upper edge of the image and scattered pinpoint sized imperfections, mostly at the lower part of the plate. The sharp and fresh image shows Rev. Dickinson in the high collar and stock of a clergyman, with a dramatic upswept quaff and a touch of red hand-tinting added to his cheek. Rev. Dickinson was born in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, the eldest son of Reverend Dr. Baxter and Martha Dickinson. He graduated from Amherst College in 1844 and Union Theology in 1848 before moving to Philadelphia to become the assistant of Rev. Albert Barnes at the First Presbyterian Church from 1853-1855. It was likely during this period that he sat for this daguerreotype. Rev. Dickinson married Margaret Shippen McIlvaine of Philadelphia on September 8, 1855 but died tragically at age 32 from a ruptured aorta while in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 28, 1856, just two weeks shy of his first wedding anniversary. Rev. Dickinson was fifth cousin to Emily Dickinson. His interaction with her has been largely unrecorded despite his younger brother William Cowper Dickinson being … [Click Below for Full Description]
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