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Dolley Madison - The Enhanced Daguerreotypes

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Dolley Madison Enhanced Daguerreotypes

The Original Daguerreotypes

"Dolley Payne Todd Madison, one of the best known and loved First Ladies, was the wife of James Madison, the fourth President of the United States (1809-1817). Her iconic style and social presence boosted her husband’s popularity as President."1

The daguerreotypes of Dolley Madison on this website are Photoshop/AI (Artificial Intelligence) enhanced for use in conjunction with life masks as part of my "Lost Photographs of History" series.

Daguerreotypes are normally reversed (or, correctly stated, a laterally-reversed) mirror images. Images on this page are corrected and no longer reversed.

Dolley Madison and Anne Payne Original Daguerreotypes

Left: Daguerreotype of Dolley Madison by Mathew Brady, 1848. Right: Dolley Madison and Her Niece Anna Payne Daguerreotype ca. 1848 Source: Greensboro History Museum, Greensboro, N.C

The Enhanced Daguerreotypes

Dolley Madison Daguerreotype - Before and After

Top: Daguerreotype of Dolley Madison by Mathew Brady, 1848. Bottom: Photoshop and AI enhanced daguerreotype of Dolley Madison.

Before and After Dolley Madison Daguerreotype

Top: Daguerreotype of Dolley Madison. Bottom: Photoshop and AI enhanced daguerreotype of Dolley Madison

Before and After Anne Payne Daguerreotype

Top: Daguerreotype of Anne Payne. Right: Photoshop and AI enhanced daguerreotype of Anne Payne

Photoshop and AI enhanced daguerreotype of Dolley Madison by Mathew Brady, 1848.

Photoshop and AI enhanced Mathew Brady, 1848 daguerreotype of Dolley Madison.

Photoshop and AI enhanced daguerreotype of Dolley Madison and Anne Payne

Photoshop and AI enhanced daguerreotype of Dolley Madison and her niece Anna Payne.

Final Thoughts

While AI tools do a fantastic job sharpening and enhancing these old images, they are far from perfect. In my opinion, AI makes too many assumptions when trying to interpret data that is not there, but I suppose it is doing the best it can considering the source material. In most of my AI rendered images, Photoshop manual adjustments were needed, especially to the eyes of both images, with more attention given to Dolley in the "Dolley and Anna Payne daguerreotype."

The images below show minor adjustments to the eyes.

Dolley Madison daguerreotype adjustments with Photoshop and AI

Dolley Madison Daguerreotype adjustments with Photoshop

Again, AI does not render correctly. Dolley appears to have a cataract in one of her eyes.

Dolley Madison daguerreotype adjustments with Photoshop and AI

Dolley Madison Daguerreotype adjustments with Photoshop

The Lost Daguerreotype Photograph of James and Dolley Madison

"The Lost Daguerreotype of James and Dolley Madison" is the title of a composite image created using the reconstructed J.I.Browere life mask of James Madison and a daguerreotype of Dolley Madison. The image gives the viewer an idea of what James and Dolley Madison might have looked like photographed together.

James Madison and Dolley Madison Daguerreotype

Photoshop reconstruction of the 1825 life mask of 4th U.S. President James Madison by John Henri Browere and Daguerreotype of Dolley Payne Todd Madison

See more at: "The Lost Daguerreotype of James and Dolley Madison"


James and Dolley Madison life mask reconstruction video

See the time-lapse reconstruction of James and Dolley Madison’s life masks, facial animations, a new enhanced view of James' face, as well as how he might have appeared in daguerreotypes.


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Sources & References:
1 The White House. “Dolley Payne Todd Madison” https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/first-families/dolley-payne-todd-madison/
Original Images Source: Greensboro History Museum. https://greensborohistory.org/

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