Portrait of an Indian Boy, c. 1851
sixth-plate by Isaac W. Baker


The surviving images in the Isaac Wallace Baker Collection show a remarkable documentary breadth: mining, gambling, the photographer with his studio, Chinese, and this haunting image of a young California Indian. It is known that Baker lectured about his California experiences upon his return to Beverly, Massachusetts. Perhaps these daguerreotypes, passed down from his personal collection, were intended to illustrate the exotic nature of the state to eastern viewers.

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