The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 95, July 1991 - April, 1992 Page: 222
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Fignre t. [View of city [ron height , low a(dobe structures, mlountlains in dis-
tance] by unknown photographer, ca. 1847. I)aguerreotype ('/ plate), 2e/j x
3/t inches. Courlesy Aimoi Carler Musem, Fort Worth. This image is printed int
reverse of the original daguerreotype in order to show corrected image.
daguerreotypes, many of which unquestionably were made by the mys-
terious Saltillo cameraman.
Although most of the Amon Carter Museum plates depict scenes and
individuals rich in historical significance, several have defied ready
identification and explanation. One such view presents a deceptively
modest tableau of an adobe barrio backed by successively ascending
ridges and mountain crests (fig. 1)." The somber and vaguely oriental
mood of the scene heightens the mystery of its significance in a collec-
tion featuring the earliest photographs of war.
'For a survey of the Yale University and Amon Carter Museum Mexicant War daguer-
reotypes, see Martha A. Sandwciss, Rick Stewartl, andi Ben W. Husenman, Eyeewitness to War:
Prints and D)aguerreot pes of the Me(xicanr War, 1846 1848 (Fort Worth: Amnion Carter Museunm,
and Washington, D).C.: Smiithsonian Institution Press, 1989)), 1 3, 44 -69, 174 255.
Ibid., cat. 87 ("View of City from H eight; Low Adobe Structures, Mountain in Distance," ca.
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