CAROLINA TWINS. Germon ,W.L
Mammoth portrait of Millie and Christine McKoy. Philadelphia: W. L. Germon, c. 1868-71
This spectacular large-format photograph depicts the celebrated conjoined twins Millie and Christine McKoy.
Cameron, Julia Margaret
G. F. Watts. Cameron, October 1865
This splendid portrait is inscribed and signed on the mount by Cameron: “G.F. Watts From Life not enlarged Julia Margaret Cameron.”
KIMBALL ,M. H
Emancipated Slaves. New York: George Hanks, 1863
One of the great American slavery photographs, this portrait was made “to raise money to educate former slaves in Louisiana, a state still partially held by the Confederacy. One group portrait, several cartes de visite of pairs of students, and numerous portraits of each student were made. This photograph is among the most famous and most influential images of American slaves.
(LINCOLN, ABRAHAM.) Whipple, J. A.
Photograph portrait of Lincoln and his sons Willie and Tad at their home in Springfield, Illinois.. Boston: J. A. Whipple, Summer 1860
Abraham Lincoln at his home in Springfield. “Lincoln stands on the terrace of the only house he ever owned. He called it his ‘little brown cottage’ and bought it for $1500 in 1844 from the Reverend Charles Dresser, an Episcopal rector who had married the Lincolns in 1842. Here Lincoln’s sons Eddie, Willie, and Tad were born, and here he was living when elected President” (Ostendorf). Lincoln stands with his sons Willie and Tad, who is barely visible behind a post.
Important Pair of Daguerreotypes: Black Nurse with White Baby and the Child’s Parents. Talbot County, Maryland, c. 1853
This striking pair of daguerreotypes evokes the complex relationships between slaves and slave owners in the American South, especially between white families and the trusted slaves who cared for their children.
the pair: $18,000
TWAIN ,MARK. (CLEMENS, SAMUEL L.)
A collection documenting the early life of Samuel Clemens and his family in Iowa. Various places, mainly Iowa, 1850s-1880s
This unique collection of photographs, books, letters, and other objects is from the Creel family, Samuel Clemens’s relations on his mother’s side. One highlight of the collection is the charming ambrotype portrait of young Ella Creel, one of Sam’s “favorite companions” and a “one-time sweetheart.”
(LINCOLN, ABRAHAM.) Gardner, Alexander
The President, General McClellan and Suite on the Battle-Field of Antietam. New York: Mathew Brady, 1862
This photograph of Lincoln at Antietam is one of the best-known images of the Civil War
“His most frequent and favourite sitter was Alexandra Kitchin, better known by her pet name of ‘Xie.’” — TaylorDODGSON, CHARLES LUTWIDGE [LEWIS CARROLL]
Photograph of Alexandra “Xie” Kitchin. C. L. Dodgson, 5 July 1870
A splendid example of Dodgson’s photography.
Moore, N. A. and R. A.
A collection of all six portraits of the last surviving veterans of the American Revolution. Hartford: Moore, 1864
These is a complete collection of original carte de visite photographs of all six Revolutionary War veterans still surviving in 1864: William Hutchings (aged 100), Samuel Downing (aged 102), Daniel Waldo (aged 102), Adam Link (aged 102), Alexander Millener (aka Muroney) (aged 104), and Lemuel Cook (aged 105). A seventh man, James Barham, was believed to be alive but could not be located for the series.