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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BAR, c. 1890

Portraits

Five Sisters: 1850

Five Sisters: 1850

The Clark sisters circa 1850. Half-plate daguerreotype. Note on stationery of the Arts Club of Washington, in handwriting of Frances Benjamin Johnston, identifies sitters (l-r): "Aunt Harriet Allen, Aunt Ladonia Hoy, Grandma Joanette C-B, Aunt Julia Millard, Aunt Laura." (Harriet Elizabeth Clark Allen, 1818-1863; Ladonia Charlotte Clark Hoy, b. 1827; Joanette Clark Benjamin, c. 1814-1880; Juliaette Alcesta Clark, b. 1820; Laura Miles Clark Palmer, b. 1822.) View full size.

 

Young Custer: 1865

Young Custer: 1865

"Major General George Armstrong Custer, officer of the Federal Army" circa 1865. Wet plate glass negative, studio of Mathew Brady. View full size.

 

Newport: 1902

Newport: 1902

"The Sketch." 1902. Beatrice Baxter Ruyl in Newport, Rhode Island. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by Gertrude Käsebier. View full size.

 

Looking Ahead: 1850

Looking Ahead: 1850

Circa 1850s sixth-plate daguerreotype, photographer unknown. "Unidentified boy and girl, three-quarter length, seated on upholstered bench." View full size.

 

Hugh Brady: 1840s

Hugh Brady: 1840s

New York or Washington circa 1844-1851. "General Hugh Brady, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing three-quarters left, in military uniform." Half-plate daguerreotype from the studio of Mathew Brady. View full size.

 

Shadow-Catcher: 1839

Shadow-Catcher: 1839

Philadelphia, November 1839. "Robert Cornelius, self-portrait facing front, arms crossed. Inscription on backing: The first light-picture ever taken. 1839." One of the first photographs made in the United States, this quarter-plate daguerreotype, taken in the yard of the Cornelius family's lamp-making business in Philadelphia, is said to be the earliest photographic portrait of a person. View full size.

 

Miss Ohio: 1850

Miss Ohio: 1850

Cincinnati circa 1850s. "Unidentified woman, half length portrait, seated with arm on table." Sixth-plate daguerreotype by James Presley Ball. View full size.

 
 
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