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Carte de visite photograph file

Publisher: [ca. 1857-1900]
Edition/Format:   Image : Graphic : Photograph : English
Database:WorldCat
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The collection consists of ca. 6,000 photographic prints, most albumen on card mounts (2 1/2 x 4 in.); ca. 150 engravings; lithographs, and photo-mechanical prints also on card mounts.
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Genre/Form: Photographic prints
Cartes-de-visite
Portraits
Albumen prints
Engravings
Lithographs
Photomechanical prints
Named Person: Robert Anderson; Nathaniel Prentiss Banks; John Wilkes Booth; Mathew B Brady; William Cullen Bryant; Ambrose Everett Burnside; Benjamin F Butler; Jefferson Davis; E E Ellsworth; David Glasgow Farragut; Ulysses S Grant; Andrew Johnson; William Pitt Kellogg; Robert E Lee; Abraham Lincoln; George Brinton McClellan; George Gordon Meade; William T Sherman; Emma Cecilia Thursby; José M Mora; George Gardner Rockwood; Napoleon Sarony
Material Type: Graphic, Photograph
Document Type: Visual material
OCLC Number: 79431843
Notes: Prominent carte de visite producers include: E. & H.T. Anthony, D. Appleton & Co., Mathew Brady, Jeremiah Gurney & Son, José M. Mora, George G. Rockwood, and Napoleon Sarony.
Many additional cartes de visite can be found throughout the Album File (PR 002), either in specially-made carte de visite albums, or pasted in to other albums. Most carte de visite theatrical portraits and city views have been mounted on larger sheets and can be found through the Theatrical Portrait File (PR 104) and Geographic File (PR 020). A scrapbook of photographic advertising in the Bella C. Landauer Collection of Business and Advertising Ephemera (PR 031) includes more than 150 cartes de visite.
Description: Collection housed in 28 boxes. ca. 6,000 photoprints on carte-de-visite mounts : chiefly albumen, some hand col. ; 2 1/2 x 4 in. ca. 150 engravings on carte-de-visite mounts : chiefly col. ; 2 1/2 x 4 in.

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The collection consists of ca. 6,000 photographic prints, most albumen on card mounts (2 1/2 x 4 in.); ca. 150 engravings; lithographs, and photo-mechanical prints also on card mounts.

The majority of images in the Society's file date from the 1860s when the carte de visite photograph became the chief commercial portrait medium, showing only the sitter's head and shoulders. Many depict soldiers and officers in Civil War uniform. Later cards feature full-length figures posed in studio settings. Images of the members of the 1867 New York State Constitutional Convention are grouped together. Persons with more than 10 portraits in the collection include: Robert Anderson, Nathaniel P. Banks, John Wilkes Booth, William Cullen Bryant, Ambrose Burnside, Benjamin Butler, Jefferson Davis, Elmer Ellsworth, David Farragut, Ulysses S. Grant, Andrew Johnson, William Pitt Kellogg, Robert E. Lee, Abraham Lincoln, George B. McClellan, George Gordon Meade, William T. Sherman, and the concert singer Emma Thursby. Scenes of New York and other locations, Civil War views, natural history hand-colored lithographs, copies of miscellaneous paintings and other objects complete the file. Many photographs of New York City churches are from a series taken by New York photographer G. Stacy, in ca. 1863. Researchers seeking photographs of prominent persons or Union soldiers should consult this file; also those interested in costume history or the history of photography will find material of interest.

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