FROM THE COLLECTION
William Patrick Anderson Jr., of Cobb County, Georgia, wore this suit when he went to have his daguerreotype taken in 1854. The small, richly colored pattern of the printed velveteen jacket is characteristic of children’s prints and the sleeve shape is indicative of the era. The snug, fitted, waist-length jacket with brass ball buttons was known as a roundabout and was popular for boys in the 1840s and 1850s.
As with most daguerreotypes of the period, the photographer and location are unknown. The Anderson family might have had the portrait made by daguerreotypist O.B. Curtis, who worked in Marietta at that time.