|HENRY INSLEY (1811-1894) - PHOTOGRAPHER|
Henry Earle Insley, the eldest son of Daniel Insley of Nova Scotia was
one of New York's earliest daguerreians having reputedly been in business
in 1840 with his brother-in-law George W. Prosch at 81 Liberty St from
at least as early as July 28th. Insley had close familial ties with a
number of other early New York daguerreotypists including William G. Babb and
Nathaniel Crosby Jacquith/Jaquith..
Albert Babb Insley had taken up an interest in art under the tutorage of his uncle George F. Babb who was an architect and by the age of twelve he was already quite accomplished and by fourteen he was accepting painting commissions. Albert left school at this age to join his father's studio which by that time had moved away from daguerreotypes and into the newly emerging ambrotypes and later tintypes and paper prints. Albert established himself as an extremely successful and influential painter of landscapes of the "Hudson Valley" school although he continued to work as a photographer.
Henry Insley became a Jersey City alderman in 1855 and he remained active in public life in that city. He died at the ripe age of 83, the day after his birthday on 7 August 1894. Insley's career ran in an interesting parallel to noted daguerreian Jeremiah Gurney who was born the same year and who also commenced working in New York in 1840. Gurney's death was in the year after Insley's.
Insley exhibited six half-plate daguerreotypes at the American Institute,
Castle Garden, New York, in 1851. Insley was awarded a patent on
January 6, 1852 for "Illuminated Daguerreotypes". According to the patent
papers, Insley claimed his invention consisted of "producing an image of
greater boldness and relief, at the same time casting a halo of various
tints around the image, gradually blending in the dark or black outer edge."
Signing the application as witnesses were Lewis Wood and William G. Babb.
Describing the process as used by C.C. Kelsey in Chicago, Humphrey's Daguerreian
said "...around the upper part of the picture a halo is thrown, composed
of the colors or rays of the spectrum, gradually merging into a rich dark
border, giving a fine effect." (see image #5 below)
|INSLEY FAMILY HISTORY
1. HENRY INSLEY m. Unknown.
2. DANIEL INSLEY b. 1790, Nova Scotia, NS, m. 27 NOV 1810,
in New York, NY, ANNA DAY, b. 14 SEP 1792, New York, NY (daughter of JACOB DAY and ANNA
EARLE) d. 3 JUN 1884. DANIEL died 1 JAN 1820.
3. HENRY EARLE INSLEY b. 6 AUG 1811, Garden St, New
York City, NY, m. 6 MAY 1839, in Essex Co., New Jersey, SARAH ANN FLETCHER
BABB. HENRY died 7 AUG 1894, NY.
JACQUITH/JAQUITH FAMILY HISTORY
NATHANIEL JAQUITH b. 21 Jun 1785, Wilmington, MA, d. 25 Mar 1850,
Medford, MA (son of NATHAN JAQUITH & ANN CROSBY) m. 7 Jul 1805, Reading, MA, ELEANOR STIMPSON b. 16 May 1789,
Reading, MA, d. 28 Sep 1875, Medford, MA (daur. of EBENEZER STIMPSON & ESTHER
|1) SIXTH PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE of Henry A. Insley son of
2) SIXTH PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE
|3) SIXTH PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE
|4) SIXTH PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE
Private collection of Elton Manzione <elton10@EARTHLINK.NET>
|5) SIXTH PLATE "ILLUMINATED DAGUERREOTYPE"
|6) SIXTH PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE
|7) SIXTH PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE
|8) SIXTH PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE
|9) HALF PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE c.1856
Private collection of Kenneth E. Nelson <dagman@FRONTIERNET.NET>
|10) HALF PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE c.1856
|11) CARTE DE VISITE c.1861
||12) CARTE DE VISITE c.1861-5
collection of Gary Saretzky (www.saretzky.com)
|13) SIXTH PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE c.June 1844 Toronto
National Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario,CANADA, K1A 0N3
Contact person: Joan Schwartz, Photo Archivist <email@example.com>
14) FIVE SIXTH PLATE DAGUERREOTYPES
15) SIXTH PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE c.1855 Portrait of unidentified man with
finger in book