Daguerreotype Portraits: Mr. Pickering, Andersonian University, June 1844

On page two of The Glasgow Herald, on Friday the 28th of June, 1844:


Daguerreotype Portraits. –  We have seen some very beautiful and faithfully executed Daguerreotype portraits, which have been taken by Mr. Pickering, at his rooms in the Andersonian University, George Street. One of these, the portrait of a friend of our own, executed in two seconds on Wednesday last, is the most exquisite specimen of the art which we have ever seen. When we consider that a stroke of the sun paints the picture, there need be small thanks to the living and material artist for the absolute faithfulness of his delineations; but Mr. Pickering is undoubtedly deserving of both credit and patronage for the finish of his pictures, in which he has to a great extent got rid of that sombre and death-like hue which has generally belonged to Daguerreotype portraits, and substituted for it the lightsome aspect and animation of the living subject. This desirable result has, we believe, been attained, by certain improvements in the chemical apparatus employed, which we have not sufficient technical knowledge to explain. The result, however, is a most successful one, which well entitles the artist to the patronage of the Glasgow public.”