I have recently rechecked The Photographic and Fine Art Journal, December 1857 issue for the source of Vannerson working for McClees in Washington D. C. For background, I have added the first advertisement for James E. McClees in Washington, D. C. from the Evening Star (Washington, D. C.) October 23, 1857.
New Gallery of Art. No. 308 Pennsylvania Avenue, (over Davis’s Piano Store.) The subscriber, induced by his success in Philadelphia, and the numerous orders he receives from this section of the country, has opened a first-class gallery in this city for the production of Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes and Photographs, affording the citizens of Washington and the public an opportunity of procuring as fine a work as is made in New York or Paris.
Portraits in Oil, from Life or Daguerreotypes; and Photographs finished in India Ink, Crayon, and Natural Colors, by a distinguished Parisian artist, engaged expressly for this establishment.
Persons residing at a distance wishing to have Daguerreotypes enlarged and painted can send them (with description of person) and have them accurately copied, and returned by express. All likenesses are guaranteed, and an examination of specimens is solicited. J. E. McClees, Photographer, 308 Pennsylvania avenue, 626 Chestnut street, Philadelphia.
Entry from the Photographic and Fine Art Journal. Washington Galleries. Washington November 5, 1857.
Mr. James McCleese of Philadelphia, has opened his new gallery below the Kirkwood House. His operator is Samuel A. Cohner, Esq., a practical chemist of some notoriety; he is very successful in all of his operations. I was shown many of his beautiful plain photographs, that in tone and sharpness were exquisite. But ‘tis just like Mr. McC., he never has any body about who does not fully understand his business. His gallery is one of the finest in Washington, and the many water colored pictures that are adorning his walls, speak highly for the business. His artists is a man of the first order and paints with unusual rapidity. Mr. Vannerson is the agent is the agent of Mr. McClesse’s gallery, and for the length of time he has resided in Washington, no man is more capable of doing the agreeable in securing the public patronage. This gallery will do a large share of the business the coming winter. I fully predict a brilliant career for them, and well they deserve it. By the time your next number appears, I hope to be able to speak more of this gallery. J. R. J.