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Mathew Brady, Juliet "Julia" Brady and Ellen Brady Haggerty

Mathew Brady, Juliet "Julia" Brady and Ellen Brady Haggerty
Artist
Mathew B. Brady, 1823? - 15 Jan 1896
Sitter
Mathew B. Brady, 1823? - 15 Jan 1896
Julia Handy Brady, 1822 - 1887
Ellen Brady Haggerty, born c. 1824
Date
c. 1851
Type
Photograph
Medium
Quarter-plate daguerreotype
Dimensions
Image/Sight: 9 × 7 cm (3 9/16 × 2 3/4")
Mat (brass): 10.8 × 8.3 cm (4 1/4 × 3 1/4")
Case open: 12.1 × 19.6 × 1.3 cm (4 3/4 × 7 11/16 × 1/2")
Case closed: 12.1 × 9.9 × 1.9 cm (4 3/4 × 3 7/8 × 3/4")
Topic
Interior
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Goatee
Cased object
Julia Handy Brady: Female
Julia Handy Brady: Society and Social Change\Wife
Ellen Brady Haggerty: Female
Mathew B. Brady: Male
Mathew B. Brady: Visual Arts\Artist\Photographer
Mathew B. Brady: Visual Arts\Artist\Photographer\Daguerreotypist
Portrait
Credit Line
NPG.85.78National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
NPG.85.78
Exhibition Label
Throughout his career Mathew Brady sought recognition as an artist. He advertised his skills as a maker of pleasing images and promised his clientele results that would rival “the highest efforts of the painter.” This daguerreotype exhibits the careful lighting, pleasing symmetry, and naturalness of expression that earned Brady the admiration of his contemporaries. It depicts him with his wife, Julia (left), and his sister, Ellen (right), in a pose that underscores their strong familial bond. When Ellen Haggerty was widowed a few years after this portrait was made, the Bradys—who had no children of their own—adopted Ellen’s young son, Thomas.
A lo largo de su carrera, Mathew Brady siempre aspiró a ser reconocido como artista. Promocionaba sus destrezas como creador de imágenes atractivas y prometía a su clientela resultados que rivalizarían con “los más elevados esfuerzos de un pintor”. Este daguerrotipo evidencia la iluminación cuidada, la simetría agradable y la naturalidad de expresión que le ganaron a Brady la admiración de sus contemporáneos. En él aparece el propio Brady con su esposa, Julia (izquierda), y su hermana, Ellen (derecha), en una pose que subraya los fuertes lazos familiares que los unían. Al enviudar Ellen Haggerty pocos años después de tomado este retrato, el matrimonio Brady, que no tenía hijos, adoptó a Thomas, hijo pequeño de Ellen.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition
Family Ties
On View
NPG, East Gallery 134