This "mammoth plate" portrait may be the largest surviving daguerreotype from California, and is the largest known by R.H.
Horatio G. Finch, born in 1819 in Hamilton Co. Indiana, came to California in 1849 aboard the steamship Panama. After mining
on the American River and at Big Bar, he later lived in Benicia and San Francisco. Following the Civil War, he became a farmer
in Solano County.
Previously in the collection of Abraham Stransky.
1 photograph : daguerreotype ; mammoth plate, visible image 29.8 x 25 cm., plate 32 x 27 cm.
displayLabel="Marks, Inscriptions and Accompanying Material">Paper label (in hand contemporary with piece, on verso of plate):
Horatio G. Finch 1855 / by R.H. Vance / San Francisco Cala. Paper label (handwritten, on backing board): Please send me /
to my brother / Hiram G. Finch. / Nobelsville / Hamilton County / Indiana. / or to / Fabius M. Finch / Franklin / Johnson
County / Indiana. On backing board (handwritten in pencil in early hand, verso): H.G. Finch / 1855. Pencilled inside mat (in
early hand): Finch.;;;displayLabel="Container or Case Note">[Private] -- Type: frame. Notes: modern frame discarded. Original
backing board and mat retained and housed separately.;;;displayLabel="Image Package Note">Original component parts: plate,
mat, cover glass. Mat: plain oval board.;;
Local Call Number:
BANC PIC 1999.021--CASE
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