1857 Next Door West of the City Hotel, Frederick, Maryland.
Mr. Morgan was recorded in two advertisements and mentioned in a third in the Examiner (Frederick, Maryland). The first advertisement ran from July 15 to 29, 1857. Every One Read! Read! Read! Great Attraction, Immense Rush! Immense Reduction in prices! At Morgan’s Sky-Light Gallery, Formerly Addis’ Gallery, the only properly constructed Sky-Light in Fred’k. Ambrotypes, Melainotypes and Daguerreotypes, As well-finished and executed as any Gallery in Frederick, and at One-Third The Price of any other in the town.
This superb and only well arranged Sky-light Gallery was built and modled after the most celebrated in the principal cities, and acknowledged to be, and has the approval of such men as Whitehurst, Perkins, and Brady to have advantages over any other in Frederick, and not surpassed by any in the United States. The citizens here care very little for the opinion of S. D. Humphrey or any other imported picture agent from New York, disposing of rights, in which having offered here first, finally succeeded, blarney in humbugging some other Daguerreotypist with N. G. Burgess one of the most celebrated and scientific practical photographers of the age, and to whom a certain friend of ours in the business is indebted to what little he knows of Ambrotyping, says in his last great work upon the art—”That a sky-light that is no more than ten or fifteen feet from the sitter in the highest point, and falling over in such a manner, that the lowest portion of it shall be five feet from the floor, has been found to work far better than any other, as it is absolutely requsite to have a good volume of light on the drapery, for [unless] this attained no good results can be produced.” This is the only sky-light in town that is constructed upon this principle, and consequently must produce the best picture. Every child knows that without a round, distinct light falling upon each eye, resembling a pin-head, and that no celebrated portrait painter from the days of Rubens, Vandaye, Rembrandt, Velasquez, and Murillo ever neglected to put there to give expression and life to the picture. Let us here no more croaking about spectrums in the eye. The public or at least some of the citizens here are aware that a daguerreotypist in this town admitted his light to be to high, and requested the former proprietor of this establishment previous to his leaving to regulate his light and chemicals. What would “master artist” say to that. We would wish the public to know that we have learnt this business practically from the best operators in the country and not from book learning like some other daguerreotypist here. These matters are merely adverted to in order to repel the imputations in a recent advertisement by one in the same business. Morgan only wants the public to test his worth and let that speak for him.
Students will bear in mind that this is the only Gallery where they can be taught practically, in less time and on the lowest terms of any in Frederick.
The second advertisement ran from August 5 to September 16, 1857. The greatest Discovery Out. The Marble Relievotype! Is taken only at Morgan’s Gallery, Next door to the City Hotel, Fred’k., Md. The surprising effects of this singular and beautiful discovery in Photography, which I accidently made a few days ago, must be seen to be appreciated. The Picture, in colors, stands out in bold relief from a marble background, on which it casts a shadow, like statuary. Those, who have seen this admiration of its beauty and perfection. Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine this curious invention.
The third advertisement appeared on September 30, 1857 in an advertisement for George Tetherly. New York Gallery. Photographs! Ambrotypes!! Daguerreotypes, &c. The subscriber having taken the gallery next door to the City Hotel, formerly occupied by Mr. Addis, and latterly by Mr. <organ, is prepared to furnish the best Pictures to be had in them city, at the lowest prices. Having secured the services of a celebrated Artist from the Galleries of Brady and of Gurney in New York City, he is enabled to warrant satisfaction in every branch of his business, to those who may favor him with their custom.
His gallery is easier of access than any other in the city, being in the second story, and the Sky-light is unrivalled. With such advantages, he is determined to deserve a share of public patronage. Geo. Tetherly. W. Patrick St., Frederick.
Mr. Morgan is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Frederick, Maryland.