Josiah Johnson Hawes

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Josiah J. Hawes, c. 1850-1855
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Josiah Johnson Hawes (1808–1901) was a photographer in Boston, Massachusetts. He and Albert Southworth established the photography studio of Southworth & Hawes, which produced numerous portraits of exceptional quality in the 1840s–1860s.[1]


School Street, Boston, 1850s, National Gallery of Art

J.J. Hawes was born in Wayland, Massachusetts in 1808. He began his career as a portrait painter. He then studied photography in Boston with Francis Fauvel-Gouraud.[1][2]

In 1843 Hawes and Southworth formed the partnership of Southworth & Hawes, with studios on Tremont Row, in Boston's Scollay Square. The studio produced daguerreotype portraits of many notables, including Lemuel Shaw, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Daniel Webster, and others.[3] The studio rooms overlooked "a fine orchard, belonging to the Gardiner Greene estate. From these windows, facing Scollay Sq., we looked on the church and gardens of Brattle Street"[4]

In 1849 Hawes married Nancy Stiles Southworth (Albert’s sister). They had three children: Alice, Marion and Edward.[5]

After the partnership with Southworth dissolved in 1863, Hawes continued as a photographer on Tremont Row for several decades, through the 1890s.[6] In his later years he was known as the "oldest working photographer in this country."[7]

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  1. ^ a b George Eastman House. "Young America: The Daguerreotypes of Southworth & Hawes". International Center of Photography. Archived from the original on 2009-09-14.
  2. ^ Oldest Photographer Dead. New York Times, Aug 10, 1901, p.7.
  3. ^ Boston Almanac. 1847
  4. ^ Hawes, quoted in: Treasures in Pictures. Boston Daily Globe, Feb 21, 1898. p.9.
  5. ^ B. Newhall (1968). Daguerreotype in America. ISBN 9780486233222.
  6. ^ Boston Directory, 1868; Boston Almanac, 1883, 1894.
  7. ^ Boston Transcript, 1898.

Further reading[edit]

  • Treasures in Pictures; Many Famous Photographs Made by the Veteran Josiah Johnson Hawes. Boston Daily Globe, Feb 21, 1898. p. 9.
  • Josiah Johnson Hawes, dies in his ninety-fourth year. Boston Transcript, Aug.9, 1901.
  • Oldest Photographer Dead; He Was Josiah Johnson Hawes, Friend of Dickens, Rufus Choate, and Gen. Benjamin F. Butler. New York Times, Aug 10, 1901. p. 7.
  • Abel, Juan C.; Cummings, Thomas Harrison; French, Wilfred A.; Beardsley, A. H. (1901). "The past and present". Photo-Era Magazine.
  • I.N. Phelps Stokes (1939). The Hawes-Stokes collection of American daguerreotypes by Albert Sands Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Rachel Johnston Homer, ed. (1972). The legacy of Josiah Johnson Hawes; 19th century photographs of Boston. Barre, Mass.: Barre Publishers.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  • C. Moore (1975). Two partners in Boston: the careers and Daguerreian artistry of Albert Southworth and Josiah Hawes. University of Michigan.

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