||From Charles Cist, Sketches and Statistics of Cincinnati in 1851 (Cincinnati: Wm. H. Moore & Co., 1851.) Chapter 13. “Manufactures and Industrial Products” pp. 186-187.
Daguerreotypists.Thirty-two, with seventy-eight assistants; produce to the value of eight thousand dollars; raw material, 60 per cent.
Our daguerreian artists stand high everywhere. Reed, the artist, who carried portraits taken by Hawkins and Faris, to Europe, states, in a letter home, that their works were recognized at a glace in Florence, by Frenchmen and others, as American productions, and superior to anything produced on the continent of Europe.
Hawkins, in addition to his daguerreotypes, produces, what he terms, a solograph picture. These are portraits and miniatures which possess the beauty of superior oil paintings, and the exquisite finish of highly-wrought miniatures. Nothing can exceed their truthfulness of likeness and life-like coloring.
They posses the great advantage of not being liable to change; while on the contrary, like a fine painting, they improve by time.
While these picture are equal to finished paintings in color, they excel even the daguerreotype, in fidelity.
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