Watch Curator, Rona, as she describes her artifact pick: an enameled daguerreotype of Edmund Murney from the Regional collection.
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This artifact is an enameled daguerreotype of the Honourable Edmund Murney. It is part of the Regional Collection, currently on display in the library at Glanmore.
Murney was a lawyer and the first clerk of the peace in Belleville, Ontario. He represented Hastings in the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada, and later in the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada.
This artifact is an enameled daguerreotype. The daguerreotype was the first successful and practical form of photography, popular from 1839 to about 1860. This portrait was coloured using a technique developed by Desire-Francois Millet, of applying coloured enamel to a daguerrotype to produce a coloured image.
On the back of the portrait is a label which explains the process of the enameled daguerreotype, including the year and an explanation of the process developed by Millet.