An Original Daguerreotype of Oliver Cowdery Identified
In this article, Patrick Bishop relates his finding of a possible daguerreotype of Oliver Cowdery. Bishop states that the daguerreotype portrays a significant likeness to other known paintings of Cowdery. Although the origin of the daguerreotype is not known, the daguerreotypist James Presley Ball is known, and, according to Bishop, there is evidence that Ball took the daguerreotype sometime between 1845 and 1850 while he was in Ohio. Cowdery was also in Ohio during that time period, and friends of Cowdery indicated that his daguerreotype had been taken four years before his death, or in 1846. The clothing worn in the daguerreotype also matches the clothing generally worn during the mid-1840s. In analyzing the facial features in the daguerreotype, many features reveal the same characteristics of an engraving of another known daguerreotype of Oliver Cowdery. Bishop believes the information in this article offers convincing evidence that may be proven true after further study.