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ca. 1845-1850

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

1 photograph: daguerreotype; 2.6 x 2.6 cm.

Scope and content

Item consists of a daguerreotype portrait of John A. Macdonald cased in a gold locket which was possibly carried by Macdonald himself. The locket also contains portraits of his first wife Isabella and his son Hugh John, both copied from oil paintings. When this portrait was made, John Alexander Macdonald was the newly elected member for Kingston in the Legislative Assembly of Canada (Ontario and Quebec), just beginning a distinguished 47-year political career during which he would become the first prime minister of Canada in 1867.

Graphic (photo)
90: Open
To be viewed with the assistance of a ph
oto archivist.
Graphic (photo)
Copy negative PA-121571
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
Colour transparency K-0000104
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
ENC 0016
90: Open
Other accession no.
1968-086 NPC

Terms of use

Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. no. 1968-086 / PA-121571
Copyright: expired
Restrictions on use: nil

Additional information

Availability of other formats note
Slide no.: 7184

Reproduction note
Please see MIKAN record 4472909 for images of the locket's exterior.

Exhibitions note
Exhibition Title: First Among Equals: The Prime Ministers in Canadian Life and Politics. Curator: Susan North, National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; 1994.05.20-1994.11.30.
Exhibition title: Facing History, Portraits from the National Archives of Canada. Curators: Susan North and Sylvie Gervais, National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, 1993.
Exhibition title: Double Take: Portraits of Intriguing Canadians / Volte-face: Portraits de Canadiens fascinants. Curator: Caroline Cook. Library and Archives Canada Exhibition. Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; 2012.03.31 -2012.09.03. Further venue: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario; 2012.09.22 – 2013.02.24 Further venue: Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Quebec; 2013.03.21 – 2013.10.14

Subject heading

1. Prime ministers Canada.
2. Macdonald, John A. (John Alexander), 1815-1891.


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