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  • (LINCOLN, ABRAHAM.) Whipple, J. A.

    (English) 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 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: $18,000

  • (BENJAMIN, JUDAH P.) Mathew Brady Studio.

    (English) 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.


  • BRADY, MATHEW Studio

    (English) Collection of six photographs made in Harpers Ferry in July 1862. New York: Mathew Brady Studio, 1862

    Mathew Brady sent these six photographs to a New York newspaper following the September 1862 capture of Harpers Ferry to promote his series of photographs, “Brady’s Incidents of the War.” Each is captioned in a contemporary hand in blue pencil, typical for nineteenth-century newspaper editors, and the group of accompanied by a contemporary wrapper identifying the collection in the same hand.


  • (VALENTINE, DAVID T.) Mathew Brady Studio

    (English) David T. Valentine. New York and Washington: Brady Studio, c. late 1850s

    This is a delightful Brady Imperial salt print portrait of one of the fascinating political and literary characters of mid-nineteenth-century New York, David T. Valentine.


  • (VANDERBILT, CORNELIUS, “Commodore.”) Mathew Brady Studio, attrib

    (English) Cornelius Vanderbilt, vignetted standing portrait. [New York: Mathew Brady Studio, 1860s.]

    Founder of the Vanderbilt business dynasty, Cornelius Vanderbilt made his fortune first in steamships and shipping and then in railroads. His career spanned the birth of the steamship and the development of the great American railroad networks. He was “the oldest and perhaps the greatest of the nineteenth-century railroad barons” (ANB). Grand Central Station and Vanderbilt University stand as testaments to his influence and wealth.


  • (WISE, HENRY.) Mathew Brady Studio

    (English) Henry A. Wise. New York and Washington: Brady Studio, c. late 1850s

    This is a dramatic full-length standing salt print portrait of Gov. Henry A. Wise by Mathew Brady.


  • (GARDNER, ALEXANDER.) O’Sullivan, Timothy

    (English) Slaughter Pen, Foot of Round Top, Gettysburg (plate 44 from Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War). Washington: Gardner, [1865-66]

    This famous site on the Gettysburg battlefield is in front of Little Round Top.


  • (GARDNER, ALEXANDER.) O’Sullivan, Timothy

    (English) Battery D, Fifth U.S. Artillery, in action (plate 31 from Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War). Washington: Gardner, [1865-66]

    Made in June 1863, “this picture was made as the guns were engaging the enemy, the gunners who had just received the order, ‘cannoniers to your posts,’ calling to the photographer to hurry his wagon out of the way, unless he was anxious to figure in the list of casualties” (Gardner).


  • (GARDNER, ALEXANDER.) Barnard & Gibson.

    (English) Fortifications on Heights of Centreville, Va. (plate 5 from Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War). Washington, 1862 [published 1865-66]

    This fine view shows Confederate defenses near Bull Run. After the first battle of Bull Run the Confederates extended their earthworks from Manassas across Bull Run and along the ridge of Centreville.