David Lowrey Seymour’s carte-de-visite, produced by the Schoonmaker studio of Troy, New York, was likely used as campaign material. This image exemplifies a common characteristic of the popular medium—the construction of an image of self-satisfaction and prosperity through an upscale setting. Here, the conventional pose of the subject leaning on a column is employed, suggesting a grand architectural setting as well as traditional European portraiture.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “David Seymour Carte-de-visite,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2009/2009-015-000/ (October 16, 2021)
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