Post by Wade Dillon on Nov 18, 2012 0:48:02 GMT -5
I recently found it by accident on a friend's tumblr account. I've never seen it and am not aware as to whether or not yall have, either.
This is a daguerreotype of John Gadsby Chapman, the artist who painted Crockett's portrait in 1834. The Chapman portrait is now on display inside of the Alamo. According to this website, this may be the only image known to exist of Chapman and is currently for sale for $6,000 large ones.
Post by Wade Dillon on Nov 19, 2012 0:24:32 GMT -5
Thanks guys. I was absolutely thrilled when I saw it. Putting faces to the men of the times brings me so much closer to the stories we love.
Allen, I agree. Many similarities in the facial features. Hairline. Eyes and mouth. I am hoping that the daguerreotype is, indeed, legit and am hoping more comes to light. I may have to do some digging.
To my understanding, Chapman was 26 at the time he painted Crockett's portrait in 1834. This daguerreotype would put him in his 30s, depending on when the image is dated in the 1840s.
All the best, Wade
John Gadsby Chapman was the father of the perhaps better known artist Conrad Wise Chapman, noted among other things for his sketches and paintings of the Civil War. Ben Bassham wrote an excellent, heavily illustrated biography, "Conrad Wise Chapman: Artist & Soldier of the Confederacy," (currently available bargain priced at amazon.com) with plenty of coverage of John Gadsby Chapman.
The daguerreotype of John Gadsby Chapman is in my collection. I would be interested if anyone can identify the painting, presumably by Chapman, that is behind him in this image. He is an important artist who actually made money in his lifetime, but there seems to be a dearth of information about him.
Tony, is the image as shown above laterally reversed? I've tried searching on the Internet for the painting in the background, looking at it both ways, but have come up with nothing. Chapman painted some scenes along the Hudson River around 1840, and this may well be one of them.