• The Miller-Plummer Collection  auction at Christies

    Sale 2279

    The Miller-Plummer Collection of Photographs

    8 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 523

    MARCUS AURELIUS ROOT (1808-1888)

    Albert Pritchard Root Asleep by the Flag, c. 1850

    Price Realised  


    MARCUS AURELIUS ROOT (1808-1888)
    Albert Pritchard Root Asleep by the Flag, c. 1850
    quarter-plate daguerreotype
    3½ x 4¼in. (8.3 x 10.8cm.)

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    Marcus Aurelius Root learned the daguerreotype process from Robert Cornelius in 1843 (see lot 522 for a portrait by Cornelius), having first studied painting and taught penmanship. The following year he became a partner in daguerreotype studios in Mobile, Alabama, and New Orleans. He later became a partner in Saint Louis, Missouri, and Philadelphia studios. In 1846 Root purchased John Jabez Mayall's studio in Philadelphia. Three years later, in partnership with his brother Samuel, he established a studio in New York on Broadway; this studio lasted until 1857.
    Following a disabling railroad accident, Root turned to writing about photographic history and aesthetics; The Camera and The Pencil, published in 1864, was perhaps his best-known publication.
    Another example of Root's rare and extremely interesting work can be found in this sale - lot 534.


    The Root Family Collection


    Foresta and Wood, Secrets of the Dark Chamber: The Art of the American Daguereotype, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995, p. 106