Clark & Hutchins

C.1846-1847   Address Unknown, Wilmington, North Carolina[1]                                                  C.1846-1847   Address Unknown, Raleigh, North Carolina[1]                                                           1848                Rooms at Mrs. Gregory’s Hotel, Tarborough, North Carolina.

The partnership of Clark & Hutchins were listed in an announcement on February 5, 1848 in the Tarboro’ Press (Tarborough, North Carolina).  Daguerreotype Likenesses.  To the advertisement of Messrs. Clark & Hutchins, in another column, we would call attention.  They are now in our village, operating in their profession to a considerable extent, and have given entire satisfaction in all cases.  We would advise such of our citizens, as desire fine likenesses and pictures, to call and see their collection.

Among the scientific productions of the mind of man, there is not one so mysterious when untaught, yet so simple in its operation when understood, as that of Daguerreotyping; and yet, while its mysterious operations amaze, its beautiful and touching tints cannot but please.  When we behold the productions of the onerous labor of the portrait painter, we admire not so much the work, as we do the perceptive glance, the steady nerve, and the scientific mind of the operator; but Daguerreotypes are but simple, they require a perfect knowledge of the mode of operation to produce a true likeness; and some far excel others in this science.  Among those who are conceded by the public as being the best, are those gentlemen now in our village.                                                                                                                                                                            “Here Childhood with its gladsome face,                                                                                                         And lovely Woman’s queenly grace,                                                                                                                   And Lordly Man’s imperious frown,                                                                                                                     Are each adroitly penciled down.                                                                                                                         Surprising Art! by which we lend                                                                                                                        Our countenance to absent friend,                                                                                                                      Or leave a token for the bower                                                                                                                              Where Love laments the parting hour,—                                                                                                          By which the child who absent lies,                                                                                                                   Gladdens the parent’s longing eyes.                                                                                                                   Or parent, as the child doth roam.                                                                                                                      Gladdens him with memories of home.”

The  advertisement ran from February 5 to 12, 1848 in the same paper.  Colored Daguerreotype Portraits.  Clark & Hutchins, Would respectfully announce to the citizens of Tarboro’ and vicinity, that they have taken rooms at Mrs. Gregory’s Hotel, for a short time only for the purpose of taking Daguerreotype Portraits On the most approved plan and in the most fashionable style.                                                                                                        N. B. Portraits taken equally well in all kinds of weather.  Persons are recommended to dress in dark colors.

The partnership of Clark & Hutchins was listed under E. W. Clark entry in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in Raleigh but not in Tarborough, North Carolina.

[1] Information from an article “Portraits by the Sunlight Made”: Daguerrean Artists in North Carolina, 1842-1861.  In the checklist (Table 3 Roster of Daguerreans Active in North Carolina, 1842-1861) list under each partners names is the name of the partnership Clark & Hutchins, the activity dates 1846-1847, and the location(s) Wilmington, Raleigh.  Since the distance between Wilmington and Raleigh is 133 miles

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