(BRODHEAD, JOHN ROMEYN.) John Mayall
Daguerreotype portrait of John Romeyn Brodhead. London: Mayall, 1848
A splendid half-plate daguerreotype of Herman Melville’s advisor and agent John Brodhead. John Romeyn Brodhead (1814-1873) was a historian and a member of the American diplomatic corps. Best remembered for his services as Herman Melville’s agent in London, Brodhead had known Melville and his family since their youth.
Important Pair of Daguerreotypes: Black Nurse with White Baby and the Child’s Parents. Talbot County, Maryland or Texas, 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: $25,000
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.”
(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
(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.
(BENJAMIN, JUDAH P.) Mathew Brady Studio.
Judah P. Benjamin. [New York: Mathew Brady Studio, late 1850s.]
This is a splendid hand-colored Brady Imperial salt print of one of the great figures in American Jewish history.
“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.
(PERRY, MATTHEW CALBRAITH, Commodore.) Mathew Brady Studio
Commodore Matthew C. Perry, three-quarter length portrait, in uniform, his left hand resting on his sword. New York: Mathew Brady Studio, c. 1854-58
This is the splendid Perry Family hand-colored Imperial print of Mathew Brady’s portrait of Commodore Perry. Brady coined the term “imperial’ for his large photographic portraits intended to rival mezzotints and lithographs in size.