Category Archives: Portrait Painter

William Tinsley

1849                Room over G. D. Wells, Drug Store, Penn Pan, New York.

William Tinsley was recorded in one advertisement that ran from May 15 to July 3, 1849 in the Penn Yan Democrat (Penn-Yan, New York).  Portrait Painter & Daguerrean.  Respectfully inform the citizens of Penn Yan and vicinity, that he has opened Rooms for the practice of the above Arts.

He has been successful in procuring Optical instruments of the finest workmanship, possessing powers superior to anything that has yet appeared in this region, and equal to anything that ever may come into competition.  By which he flatters himself he shall be able to produce works of the most minute fidelity, varying in size from 4 inches to the smallest locket or finger-ring.

Operating room over the Drug store of G. D. Wells.  Penn-Yan, May 8, 1849.

William Tinsley is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1850-1851 in Penn Pan, New York without a business address.  Tinsley is recorded in The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists in America 1564-1860 as a portrait painter in Albany, New York in 1852.

F. Taenzer

1858-1859       Union Hotel, Ball Room, Clinton, Louisiana.

F. Taenzer was recorded in One advertisement and one announcement in The Feliciana Democrat (Clinton, Louisiana).  The advertisement ran from September 18, 1858 to January 1, 1859.  Photograph & Oil Painting.  Union Hotel Ball Room.  Having Located in the Town of Clinton, for the purpose of executing all orders in the above art, the subscriber respectfully solicits a share of the public patronage.  Portraits taken by the photographic process, or painted upon canvass, of any size or proportion, from life, or faithfully copied and enlarged from Daguerreotypes, or other pictures.

Buildings, landscapes, military or civic companies, photographed at reasonable rates.

The public generally, are invited to call at his room, at the Union Hotel Ball Room, and examine specimens of his art.  sept. 11.  F. Taenzer.

The announcement ran on November 13, 1858.  Tanezer’s Photograph Gallery.—To those who desire a perfect likeness of themselves, their families, or a copy of a daguerreotype or ambrotype of a deceased relative or friend, we would especially recommend to call on M. Taenzer, in the rooms adjoining White’s Hotel.  They will there have evidence of his ability as an artist; and will be able to procure from him as finished a picture as could be desired.  It is the first time that our citizens have had  the opportunity of procuring the services of such an artist, and as it is not likely such a chance will again present itself they should avail themselves of his stay in our town to procure life-like portraits.  Give him a call, at his rooms east of White’s hotel.  His charges are moderate as his pictures are excellent.

F. Taenzer is not recorded in other photographic directories.

A. Schuster

1853                494 Broadway, New York, New York.

A. Schuster was recorded in one advertisement on December 4, 1853 in The New York Herald  (New York, New York).  Portraits In Pastel And Miniature, After nature, and daguerreotypes executed, and perfect resemblances warranted, by A. Schuster, Portrait Painter, 494 Broadway, Specimens ready for show at his studio.

A. Schuster is not recorded in other photographic directories.  Arnauld Schuster or Shuster is listed in The New-York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artist In America 1584-1860.  Portrait painter at NYC in 1852, formerly a student at the Munich Academy.

F. Sancan

1853-1854       80 Camp Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.                                                                        1854                   Rooms over Badeaux & Bruff, corner Main & Focus Streets, Thibodaux,                                             Louisiana.

F. Sancan was recorded in two advertisement and one announcement in the Thibodaux Minerva.  (Thibodaux, Louisiana).  The first advertisement ran from June 11, 1853 to June 1, 1854. Sache & Sancan, Daguerreotype and Painting Gallery, No. 80 Camp St., New Orleans.  my14.

The announcement appeared on March 11, 1854.  Don’t forget to call on Mr. Sancan, and obtain one of his Daguerreotypes by an entire new process.  See his card.

The second advertisement ran from March 11 to July 22, 1854. Daguerreotype Saloon.  Mr. F. Sancan, has the honor to inform the citizens of Thibodaux and vicinity, that he has opened a Daguerrean Saloon, over the store of Messrs. Badeaux & Bruff, corner of Main and Focus streets, where he will be happy to wait upon those who may honor him with a call.

By an entire new process—one yet little known—he not only gives his pictures a true likeness in features, but also in complexion.  This process has also another advantage in doing away in a partial degree the looking-glass appearance of the ground work.

F. Sancan is not listed in other photographic directories.  See Sache & Sancan post.

Sache & Sancan

1853-1854       80 Camp Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Sache & Sancan (F. Sancan) were recorded in one advertisement that ran from June 11, 1853 to June 1, 1854 in the Thibodaux Minerva (Thibodaux, Louisiana).  Sache & Sancan, Daguerreotype and Painting Gallery, No. 80 Camp St., New Orleans.  my14.

This is a complicated entry.  First in the book Photography in New Orleans The Early Years, 1840-1865 and in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry both list a Victor Sancan as being active in New Orleans in 1854 at 80 Camp Street.  Sache is not listed in either books.  In the New York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists in America 1564 to 1860 a J. Sancan is listed in New Orleans in 1854 as a portrait painter.  There is no mention of F. or Victor Sancan, again there is no listing found for Sache, there were a number of  Sachs and Sachse all were from Philadelphia and Baltimore and were either lithographers, or painters with no mention of anyone traveling to New Orleans.  To further complicate matters there is an advertisements from the same newspaper “Thibodaux Minerva” for an F. Sancan which will be posted on December 3d.  Another possibility is that Victor Sancan owner/operator of the New Orleans studio and that F. Sancan (a family member, working in the studio went to Thibodaux for four plus months.)  This is total speculation on my part.  An internet search listed an  F. Sancan in 1861 as the Editor and Proprietor of the Thibodaux Sentinel a weekly newspaper.  It is unknown if they are the same person.  Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide: A Biographical Dictionary, 1839-1865 comes to the same conclusion that it is unclear if one of the partners were F. Sancan or Victor Sancan.

Joseph Ropes

1841                Exchange Building, Portland, Maine.                                                                                1843                5½ Tremont Row, Boston, Massachusetts.                                                                      1843                Manning’s Building, Salem, Massachusetts.

Joseph Ropes was recorded in one notice, one advertisement and one biographical entry.  The announcement appeared in the Portland Transcript (Portland, Maine)[1] on August 14, 1841.

Daguerreotypes.   We have not before called the attention of our readers to the opportunity now afforded of obtaining a Portrait from life by means of the Daguerreotype.  Mr. Ropes has taken rooms for a brief period in the Exchange, where he attends to Photographic Miniature painting.  A sitting of from two to four minutes will give one a perfect likeness—a portrait of wonderful beauty and delicacy.  Our readers generally have doubtless heard of this surprising art, by which a faithful transcript of one’s features may be obtained, drawn by Nature’s own finger, and it is well worth their while to visit Rope’s Room and look over the different portraits taken in this way.  When Nature paints, she paints correctly and minutely.  One cannot help being astonished at the exquisite finish to be observed in these drawings.  Every minute figure of the dress—every thread even may be detected‑‑and so with the features—every line is completely shadowed forth.  Mr. R. is always happy to see his friends at his room—who have but to speak the word to obtain from him their counterparts.

The advertisement ran from July 3 to August 17, 1843 in the Salem Register (Salem, Massachusetts).  Beautiful Specimens of Photographic Miniatures.  May be seen at the room of the subscriber in Manning’s Building, 3d story.  He has been connected several months with the establishment of Southworth & Co., Prize Photographers, and is familiar with their process of taking and coloring pictures.  Those who wish for a Daguerreotype likeness in the most pleasing and popular style will do well to call.

Room open to visitors at all hours of the day.  J. Ropes.

The biographical entry is from The New-York Historical Society’s Directory of Artists in America 1564-1860.  Ropes, Joseph (1812-1885).  Landscape,. Miniature, and crayon artist and drawing teacher.  Born at Salem (Mass.)  In 1812, he did not seriously study painting until in his mid-thirties when he took lessons from John R. Smith and at the National Academy.  He exhibited at the academy in 1848.  From 1851-1865 he had a studio in Hartford (Conn.).  In 1865 he went abroad for eleven years; on his return he settled in Philadelphia.  He died in NYC in 1885.  Ropes was the author of Linear Prespective (1850) and Progressive Steps in Landscape Drawing (1853) [ ] French, Art and Artists in Connecticut, 79; Bolton, Miniature Painters; Cowdrey, NAD; Swan, BA; Hartford CD 1855; Tuckerman, Book of the Artists.

Joseph Ropes is recorded in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900.

[1] Transcribed from DagNews.

Alexander Ransom

1853                Mr. Ransom’s Rooms New York University, New York, New York.

Alexander Ransom was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  The announcement appeared on December 13, 1853.  Mr. Freeman Having Purchased of Mr. Alexander Ransom the half of his property in the Drummond Light apparatus for enlarging daguerreotypes, will be prepared every day, between the hours of two and three o’clock P. M., to show any respectable parties, the effects of Daguerreotypes so enlarged, through which a perfect drawing is traced upon the reflection itself, from the cabinet to the size of life, or even larger, with the unerring certainty, in a comparatively short space of time.  Those having daguerreotypes of friends, will please bring them to determine their real value when magnified and thrown upon another surface, thereby avoiding all the disagreeable effects of the reflex of a polished plate, and withal of a hundred per cent increase of resemblance to their originals.  Outline for artists reasonably made.  Rooms No. 1, third floor, N. Y. University, Washington parade ground.

The advertisement ran from December 17 to 19, 1853.  Portraits Painted From Daguerreotypes.—Persons having daguerreotypes of deceased or absent  friends, can see the magnified to the size of life by a powerful Drummond light apparatus free at Mr. Ransom’s rooms, New York University, every day from 2 to 3 o’clock, P. M.

Alexander Ransom does not appear in other photographic directories.  He is recorded as a portrait painter in The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists in America 1564 – 1860 as being active in Boston and Lowell, Massachusetts, New York City and London, England.

S. W. Price

1857                Between Main and Franklin Streets, Clarksville, Tennessee.

S. W. Price is recorded in two announcements in the Clarksville Chronicle (Clarksville, Tennessee). The first announcement appeared on November 20, 1857. We are pleased to see that our clever friend and accomplished artist, Mr. S. W. Price, has returned to our city, to remain a short time.  We are shown a specimen of his skill, in the way of coloring upon the Photograph likeness of our Editor.  It is certainly a fine specimen of art.

If, with McCormac to take the picture, and Price to do the coloring, our senior’s face is not well taken, then there is no use in any one else trying.  In our opinion, this Photograph cannot be surpassed.

The second announcement appeared on May 21, 1858.  Mr. Price is again in our midst Mr. Price is a painter of decided merit, and if evidence of that fact were wanting, his picture of that fact were wanting, his picture of Mr. Fillmore is sufficient to place the matter beyond a doubt.  Mr. Price is also a high-toned and honorable gentleman, and we bespeak for him a liberal share of patronage.  We presume he will resume his employment as colorer of Photographers for Mr. W. J. McCormac.  Success attend them both.

S. W. Price is not recorded in other photographic directories. There is a possibility that this is Samuel Woodson Price a portrait and figure painter who was active in Kentucky and Tennessee prior to the Civil War.

James Thomas Poindexter

1852-1853                   Foster’s Building, Corner of Main and First Street, Evansville, Indiana.

(James) Thomas Poindexter was recorded in six announcements and two advertisements in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana).  He was also recorded in an on line article in 2012 for the Evansville-Museum-Exhibition and an entry in The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary Of Artists In American 1584 to 1860.  The first announcement appeared on August 4, 1852. Mr. Poindexter, a portrait painter of much merit, has just arrived here from the South.  We hope he may be induced to remain among us for a time.  The Daguerreotype business has had the effect to drive all inferior portrait painters to some other business, while good artist alone are left, and they appear to be well patronized.  A well painted portrait cannot be excelled by any Daguerreotype, and it has the advantage of correct coloring to make it a more life-like work of art.  We hope sufficient inducements will be offered Mr. P. to urge him to stay here awhile, and leave with us some of the works of his skill.

The second announcement appeared on August 7, 1852.  Portrait Painting.—We take pleasure in calling attention to Mr. Poindexter’s advertisement of Portrait Painting.  The portrait of a citizen he has just painted, appears to us, who are no judge of such work, to be a at least a triumph so far as the likeness is concerned.  Mr. P. intends remaining here but a short time, and as we have had no professional portrait painter among us for a long time, it might be well for citizens to take advantage of the occasion.  A good portrait is a pleasing possession for any one, and an invaluable “relic of the past” when years have winged themselves into eternity.

The third announcement appeared on August 7, 1852.  Portrait Painting, T. Poindexter, Portrait Painter, has taken the rooms in Foster’s building, at head of stairs, where he would be pleased to have citizens call and examine his specimens of painting.  He intends remaining in Evansville but a short time, and would request those desirous of having their portraits painted to call soon.  He promises to give satisfaction, and only asks patronage as he may deserve it.

The fourth announcement appeared on September 27, 1852.  Mr. Poindexter, Portrait Painter, has been taking some excellent Portraits.  Mr. P. is not only capable of taking correct likenesses, as fine as we ever saw, but his pictures are good as works of art.  They are not surpassed as paintings, by the works of those artists who are considered the best portrait painters of the West, we defy any painter to make better likenesses.  Our citizens have been patronizing Daguerreotypist very freely, but one of Poindexter’s portraits are worth fifty Daguerreotypes—while to patronize him is to aid an artist, who has devoted a lifetime to his profession.

The fifth announcement appeared on April 20, 1853.  Mr. Poindexter, has opened a Daguerrean Gallery in Foster’s building, which he will carry on in connection with his portrait painting.  Mr. P. already established a good reputation in our city as a Portrait Painter, and his specimens in the Daguerrean art, will compare favorably with any ever taken here.  Mr. Poindexter has taken up his residence in our city, and designs establishing a permanent business in Picture and Portrait making.  We wish him great success, and hope our citizens will give him that generous support of which he has proven himself worthy.

The first advertisement ran from April 20 to December 7, 1853.  Daguerreotypes!  The subscriber respectfully informs the public generally that he has resumed the above business with which he has long been familiarly acquainted, and designs establishing permanent Daguerrean gallery in Evansville in Foster’s buildings, corner of Main and First street, where he hopes to receive the frequent visits of ladies and gentlemen which it shall be his earnest endeavor to merit; and he expects to be permanent, he depends more upon exhibitions of his proficiency and skill than noisy humbug of words for success.

His reputation as a portrait painter is too well established in Evansville and elsewhere to need remark further than that he will be happy to accommodate any desiring his services in that branch of art.  Thos. Poindexter.

The sixth advertisement appeared on July 24, 1856.  Hall Of Evansville Lodge, No. 64, A. Y. M. July 21, 1856.  At a called meeting of Evansville Lodge…By order of the Lodge Committee A. H. Sanders. Thos. Poindexter, Osborne Reilly.

The second advertisement ran from September 21v to November 23, 1857.  At Home.  Having returned to remain but a short time, the subscriber would respectfully invite those who may desire his artistic services to make it known without delay, as he has calls abroad that should not be neglected.  A good likeness warranted, either from life or a good Daguerrean or Ambrotype picture.  Studio first floor above and entrance through the store of A. C. Pushee.  See Specimens.  Thos. Poindexter.

1957.  The New-York Historical Society’s Dictionary Of Artists in America 1564–1860, P. 509.  Poindexter, James Thomas (1832-1891).  Portrait painter.  Born June 6, 1832 in Christian County (Ky.)  H was painting portraits in Evansville, (Ind) as early as 1852.  During the Civil War he was a telegraph operator.  He died June 10, 1891…

2012 August 23.  http://www.courierpress.com/features/evansville-museum-exhibition-celebrates-19th-century-portrait-painters-work-ep-444109151-324677591.html.

A single line in the Aug. 4, 1852, issue of the Evansville Daily Journal simply announced, “Poindexter, a portrait painter has come to town.”

James Thomas Poindexter, 23, was a Hopkinsville, Ky., native with little or no formal art training, but with a desire to make his living as a professional painter. He went on to become one of the most important portrait artists of the region.

His own work, which will be featured in an Evansville Museum show opening Sept. 2, reflected portraiture at the time, often done by traveling painters who moved from town to town brushing portraits and painting business signs for fees or, sometimes, food and lodging.

Poindexter married and settled in Evansville where, in addition to painting, he took up daguerreotype portrait photography.

He left during the Civil War to serve as a telegraph operator for the Army of the Confederacy, and worked painting portraits in Louisiana and Mississippi before returning to Evansville in 1871. His name appeared in city records until 1882. He died in Eddyville, Ky., nine years later.

Hanna Ganote, a New Albany, Ind., native who graduated from the University of Evansville this year, helped put together the Evansville Museum’s exhibition, which draws from the museum’s own collection of a dozen Poindexters, as well as portraits on loan from museums and libraries in Evansville and New Harmony, Ind., and in Louisville, Ky.

The show will hang through Nov. 25 in the Main Gallery, and may be seen online as a virtual exhibition on http://www.emuseum.org.

James Thomas Poindexter is not listed in other photographic directories.  He is like some other portrait painters during the daguerreian era who either dabbled for a time making daguerreotype images, used daguerreotypes in their portrait painting, or became daguerreotypist/photographers.

Thomas Hazard Parker

1846                Main Street, 2d door from Washington, Sag Harbor, New York.                          1847-1853     Address Unknown, Sag Harbor, New York.

T Hazard Parker was recorded in eleven advertisements in The Corrector (Sag Harbor, New York).  This includes two advertisements for Parker & Bellows; one advertisement for Parker & Douglas; and two advertisements for Parker & Marcellus.

The first advertisement ran from November 18, 1846 to June 23, 1847.  Daguerreotype Likenesses.  T. H. Parker would respectfully invite the attention of the citizens of this place, the Hamptons and vicinity, to the miniatures taken by him.  Having availed himself of all the latest improvements in this beautiful art and procured the very best cameras that can be furnished he is [is] enabled to take the most correct and finest pictures that this elegant sand useful art can produce.  Some persons do not like Daguerreotypes, which opinion is formed from seeing pictures imperfectly taken.—Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine and judge for themselves.

Warranted permanent with or without color, at the lowest city prices, from one to three dollars each.  Main st, 2d door from Washington.

The second advertisement ran from June 23, 1847 to July 31, 1848.  Daguerreotype Likenesses.  T. H. Parker would respectfully inform the citizens of Sag Harbor and vicinity, that having availed himself of all the latest improvements, and engaged the services of Mr. Payne, he flatters himself that his likenesses cannot be surpassed, and which he insures not to fade.  Miniatures taken in one third the time generally required.

Likenesses of sick or deceased persons taken at their residences, at the lowest city prices, and warranted to give perfect satisfaction.

Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine his specimens.

The third advertisement ran from June 23, 1847 to October 7, 1848.  Daguerreotype Likenesses.  T. H. Parker would respectfully inform the citizens of Sag Harbor and vicinity, that having availed himself of all the latest improvements, and engaged the services of Mr. Payne, he flatters himself that his likenesses cannot be surpassed, and which he insures not to fade.  Miniatures taken in one third the time generally required.

Likenesses of sick or deceased persons taken at their residences, at the lowest city prices, and warranted to give perfect satisfaction.

Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine his specimens.

The fourth advertisement ran from October 11, 1848 to May 12, 1849.  Daguerreotype Likenesses.  At One Dollar Each.  T. H. Parker would respectfully inform the citizens of Sag Harbor and vicinity, that having availed himself of all the latest improvements he flatters himself that his likenesses cannot be surpassed, and which he insures not to fade. Miniatures taken in one third the time generally required.

Likenesses of sick or deceased persons taken at their residences, at the lowest prices, and warranted to give satisfaction.

Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine his specimens.

The fifth advertisement ran from May 12 to July 27, 1850.  Daguerreotype Likenesses Taken at Parker & Douglas’s Daguerrean Rooms, with a large and improved apparatus, and warranted to give perfect satisfaction.  Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine their specimens.

The sixth advertisement ran from July 31, 1850 to July 27, 1851.  Daguerreotype Likenesses taken at Parker & Bellows’s Daguerrean Rooms, with a large and improved apparatus, and warranted to give perfect satisfaction.  Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine their specimens.

The seventh advertisement ran from July 23 to September 17, 1851.  All relations heretofore existing between T. Hazard Parker and Henry S. Bellows, in the Daguerrean business, are this day dissolved, by mutual consent.

All bills connected with the business, will be settled by T. Hazard Parker.  Sag Harbor, July 23, 1851.  T.H. Parker, H. S. Bellows.

The eighth advertisement ran from July 26 to August 2, 1851.  Daguerreotype Likenesses, taken at T. H. Parker’s Daguerrean Rooms with a large and improved apparatus, and warranted to give perfect satisfaction.  Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine their specimens.

The ninth advertisement ran from August 6, 1851 to September 20, 1851.  Daguerreotype Likenesses Taken at Parker & Marcellus’ Daguerrean Rooms, with a large and improved apparatus, and warranted to give perfect satisfaction.  Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine their specimens.  July 31.

The tenth advertisement ran from September 24  to October 15, 1851.  Daguerreotype Likenesses, Taken at Parker & Marcellus’ Daguerrean Rooms.  For One Dollar Each, with large and improved apparatus, and warranted to give perfect satisfaction.  Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine their specimens.

The eleventh advertisement ran from October 18, 1851 to January 19, 1853.  Daguerreotype Likenesses, Taken at T. H. Parkers’ Daguerrean Rooms, For One Dollar Each, with large and improved apparatus, and warranted to give perfect satisfaction.  Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine their specimens.

Thomas Hazard Parker is not listed in other photographic directories.  As previously posted he was in the partnerships of Parker & Douglas (1849-1850); Parker & Bellows (1850) and Parker & Marcellus (1851).  Additional research prior to becoming a daguerreotypist he was a miniature portrait painter on ivory, born in 1801 in Sag Harbor.  Studied in New York City with Matthew Rogers then moved to Hartford before returning to Sag Harbor.