Wetherby was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and began his career as a portraitist in Norway, Maine, about 1835. He lived and worked in Iowa City, Iowa, from around 1860 until his death. He was one of the first in the United States to take up the daguerreotype, and by 1841 he had his own equipment. He frequently painted portraits from daguerreotypes he had made of his sitters, which he may have done with this self-portrait, a gift to the Society from his daughter.
Gift of Carrie F. Wetherby
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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