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Portrait Photograph of Martin Hans Boyè, by Cornelius, Robert, 1983, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2011-2240 and 1-83-24.

October 20, 1983

Robert Cornelius: Portraits from the Dawn of Photography opens at the National Portrait Gallery, devoted to the work of the pioneering daguerreotypist, Robert Cornelius.More

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