Daguerreotype [Portrait of an unknown gentleman]

John Leech, Photographer

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Maker and Role
John Leech, Photographer
Production Date
Daguerreotype in a frame showing a seated middle aged man with dark windswept possibly oiled hair. The image does not show his legs only to where his hands are resting. He is wearing a dark suit with a white shirt and white cravet. Both elbows are bent inwards. He is holding a book in his right hand and his left hand extends downwards. The curves of the arms of the chair can be seen under his elbows. The man is looking directly at the viewer. He has fold marks extending from his nose down his cheeks. Framed in gold coloured wooden frame with the oval image within a wooden surround. The surround is white around the image, with a narrow black band, then a thin gold line with a black backing. Attached to the back is a John Leech label. The label is a square of words surrounded by a frame of a chain pattern. Each corner is a square comprised of stylised flowers on a diamond. John Leech gallery was John Leech Gallery was established in August 1855 in Auckland.
While the daguerreotype should date between 1839-1860, John Leech Gallery was granted the honour of using a royal crest which read ‘By Appointment..." after his death in 1879. This crest is on label on verso of this image.
Physical Description
1 daguerreotype : black and white ; 9 x 7 cm, framed 19 x 17 cm
Royal crest
By appointment
John Leech
Carver, Gilder
Picture frame, Looking glass
and Windsor cornice
Shop ????????
Established 1855 Maker's Plate
Current Rights
No known copyright restrictions
Accession No
Credit Line
John Leech. 1879-1945
[1839-1860]. Daguerreotype [Portrait of an unknown gentleman], 16-0672. Walsh Memorial Library, The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).

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