Daguerreotype of a young woman directly facing the camera. Not signed. Sealed with paper. Woman wears a long chain with glasses, which she holds in her lap. Embossed red velvet lining, maroon shagreen textured leather casing, and arched brass mat. Possibly English, c.1850s.
Possibly of daughter of Lord Byron and mathematician Ada Lovelace in 1852, the year she died of uterine cancer at age 36. Case and appearance seem to match daguerreotype of a painting of Ada taken by an unknown photographer in 1852, now at the Bodleian Library. The clothes (minus the dark exterior coat) and the hairstyle of the subject also appear to match the photographed painting of her (which was originally by Henry Wyndham).
In very good condition. Please contact the Curio if you would like more images or information. We have been researching this quite a bit and would love to hear from you. This daguerreotype came to us with another that looks very much like her mother Lady Anne Isabella Noel Byron.
In addition to this present daguerreotype, we have five other daguerreotypes in our collection.
Measures 3 x 2 1/4 x 5/8, weighs 1 3/4 oz.