Many daguerreotype portraits captured sitters who proudly conveyed their chosen occupation, including religious vocations. The nun here wears the habit of the “Sisters of Charity”—a white sash around the shoulders and a starched cornette on the head. The nun’s rosary is draped over her arm and the man beside her holds its crucifix. Though he is not dressed in religious attire, this intimate pose suggests a familial relationship and a shared religious devotion.


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Artist
Thiery, French
Title
[Nun and Man Holding Cross]
Date
1848–1855
Medium
Daguerreotype with original frame
Dimensions
At opening: 4 3/4 × 3 7/16 in. (12.1 × 8.7 cm) Frame: 10 5/16 × 8 15/16 × 13/16 in. (26.2 × 22.7 × 2.1 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by the S. I. and Susie Morris Photography Endowment

Current Location
The Audrey Jones Beck Building
LL 20 PUBLIC CORRIDOR
Accession Number
2019.43
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

[Galerie Adnan Sezer, Paris]; purchased by MFAH, 2019.