1 photograph : daguerreotype ; mammoth plate, visible image 29.8 x 25 cm., plate 32 x 27 cm.
The Bancroft Library
This "mammoth plate" portrait may be the largest surviving daguerreotype from California, and is the largest known by R.H. Vance. Biographical NoteHoratio 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. <physfacet label="Container or Case Note">[Private] -- Type: frame. Notes: modern frame discarded. Original backing board and mat retained and housed separately.</physfacet>;;;<physfacet label="Image Package Note">Original component parts: plate, mat, cover glass. Mat: plain oval board.</physfacet>;;;<physfacet label="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.</physfacet>;;;
Image 2: [Horatio G. Finch.] (Before treatment.)
Image 2: Content/DescriptionBefore treatment: front of framed, matted plate, showing gap between mat and later frame. (Scanned from a 35mm slide.)
Image 2: BANC PIC 1999.021––NEG (trans.)
Image 3: [Horatio G. Finch.] (Before treatment.)
Image 3: Content/DescriptionBefore treatment: back of frame, showing original backing board and label in later frame secured with metal brackets. (Scanned from a 35mm slide.)
Image 3: BANC PIC 1999.021––NEG (trans.)
ProvenancePreviously in the collection of Abraham Stransky.
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