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Josiah Johnson Hawes [Attributed to] 
Winter on the Common, Boston 
Salted paper print 
6 15/16 8 15/16 in. (17.6 22.7 cm) (window) 16 20 in. (40.6 50.8 cm) (mat) 
Metropolitan Museum of Art 
William L. Schaeffer Collection, Promised Gift of Jennifer and Philip Maritz, in celebration of the Museum's 150th Anniversary, Accession Number: L.2019.57.597 
Having originally set his sights on a career as a painter, Josiah Hawes gave up his brushes for a camera upon first seeing a daguerreotype in 1841. Two years later, he joined Albert Sands Southworth in Boston to form the celebrated photographic studio Southworth & Hawes. Turning to paper-based photography in the early 1850s, Hawes frequently depicted local scenery. This surprising picture, which presents Boston Common through a veil of snow-laden branches, shows that Hawes brought his creative ambitions to the nascent art of photography. 

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