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Alexander Hesler

American daguerreotypist, born Canada

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
Born in Montréal (Québec, Canada) in 1823; died 5 July 1895 in in Evanston, Illinois. In 1833, Hesler moved to Racine, Wisconsin. In 1847, he learned the daguerreotype process in Buffalo, New York and opened a daguerreotype gallery in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1848, Hesler moved to Galena, Illinois, and continued to make daguerreotypes. In 1851, Hesler daguerreotyped along the Mississippi River, from Galena, Illinois, to Saint Paul, Minnesota, cataloguing inland towns for a guidebook. In 1853, he opened a daguerreotype gallery in Chicago, Illinois. In 1872, Hesler opened a studio in Evanston, Illinois, and produced daguerreotypes until 1895.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500115353.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Alexander Hesler:

Alexander Hesler Portrait of Abraham Lincoln, 1860 (printed 1956) Gelatin silver print
Frederick Stuart after Alexander Hesler Abraham Lincoln, 1896 Etching and roulette printed in brown ink on wove paper mounted on heavyweight wove paper
Frederick Stuart after Alexander Hesler Abraham Lincoln, 1860-1896 Etching and roulette printed in brown ink on wove paper mounted on heavyweight wove paper
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