NO LONGER AT ALPHONSE GALLERY
SOLD JUNE 2017
Original Sales Listing
THIS IMPRESSIVE WHOLE PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE IN A RARE THERMOPLASTIC AND WOOD FRAME OF THE PERIOD SHOWS THE DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN JURIST ANDREW SALTER WOODS (1803-1863), WHO WAS CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE NEW HAMPSHIRE SUPREME COURT FROM 1840-1855. The daguerreotype is is identified as the work of Southworth and Hawes by its former owner, the esteemed collector Jack Naylor, who acquired the piece from Harry I. Gross, the well known collector of Southworth & Hawes. The hallmarks are typical of plates employed by Southworth & Hawes. In style, composition and subject the daguerreotype is closely related to the whole plate portrait of Lemuel Shaw, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court in the collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society (see Young America: The Daguerreotypes of Southworth and Hawes, no. 300, p. 302).
Plate: 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 in; Frame 15 5/8 x 13 3/4 in.
Listing and final sales information of Lot 181 at Guernsey's Auction October 20, 2007
Andrew Salter Woods (1803 - 1863), lawyer and jurist, was born and died at Bath, New Hampshire. He was in business with attorney Ira Goodall between 1828 and 1840, and they formed the firm of Goodall & Woods.
- Andrew Woods graduated from Dartmouth College (class of 1825), and was the first native of Bath to become a lawyer. In 1840 Woods was named an Associate Justice of New Hampshire Superior Court, and in 1855 he became Chief Justice of the Court. Woods enjoyed his position as Chief Justice for only a few months. In August 1855 the new legislature, in a blatantly political move, remade the New Hampshire courts system. The legislature eliminated Superior Court, and Woods was out of a job. He returned to Bath and practiced law there until his death. [Ref: Charles H. Bell, The Bench and Bar of New Hampshire, 1894].Eliza Hutchins, daughter of James, married Andrew S. Woods and they had several children. In June, 1859, Woods formed a partnership with his son Edward, and with Harry and George A. Bingham, under the firm name of Woods & Bingham. The firm had two offices, one at Bath, where Judge Woods and George Bingham were located, and one at Littleton, managed by Harry Bingham and Edward Woods. This partnership was limited to two years. At its expiration in June, 1862, Judge Woods and his son, Edward, formed a partnership which continued until his death, in June, 1863, of Bright's disease. [Ref: Gazetteer of Grafton County, New Hampshire, 1790-1886].
ABOUT JACK NAYLOR:
Photo collector Jack Naylor (b.1919-d.2007) was an accomplished pilot in World War II and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and Purple Heart. During the War he transported Life photographer, Margaret Bourke-White, in the B-24 aircraft he flew. He returned from the war to earn degrees in economics and engineering. Naylor was an accomplished inventor and engineer. He also wrote numerous articles on the history of photography for the New England Journal of Photographic History. He served on the Board of the Photographic Historical Society of New England and was a member of the Daguerreian Society. The Naylor collection was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Maine Antiques Digest and other publications. Part of the collection was sold at Auction by Ryoka’s, Leominster, MA, in 2006 and at at Guernsey’s, New York, in 2007.