While I don’t know who the daguerreian was, this resealed half plate certainly rises towards the apex of mid-1850s portraits presenting children. The surface of the masterpiece has a changeable appearance when the kids are carefully examined. And the amazing hand applied pigments continuously radiate different colors. The determination in the girl?s expression and the wariness of her little brother revealed how each of the children felt about their visit to the studio. The vignette that left the siblings floating in the clouds was rather remarkable don?t you think! There are mat scrapes on the bottom and several brown dots, including one on the boy?s face. The light was directed upon the pair from a skylight. When the black leather Boston style push button case is opened the next owner will be delighted to see just how much better in hand this daguerreotype views.