Albert Sands Southworth (1811–1894) and Josiah Johnson Hawes (1808–1901) established small daguerreotype studios to satisfy the immediate demand for photographic portraits. In 1843, Southworth and Hawes formed a partnership that lasted for two decades, and established a studio in the center of one of Boston’s most prominent neighborhoods.

With a population of 93,000 in 1840, Boston was the second largest city in the United States. But more than that, it was the cultural capital, the «Athens of America,» and it also exemplified «Young America,» the national spirit of the time. T