“The patience, suffering and endurance of the whole Jewish race seem to be summed up in that expression.”STEICHEN, EDWARD
The Matriarch. New York, [1935, printed ca. 1960s]
Steichen made this celebrated photograph for a fundraising campaign for the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies during the first dark days of Nazi Germany.
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.”
Civil War carte-de-visite album featuring many signed CDVs. Mathew Brady and others, 1860s
This important Civil War album includes carte-de-visite photographs signed by the following Civil War notables: Winfield Scott (signed on verso), Joseph Hooker, George McClellan, Fitz John Porter, Louis Philippe, comte de Paris, Robert d’Orleans, Duke of Chartres, Robert Anderson, William Seward, Gideon Welles, Simon Cameron, Montgomery Blair.
CLEMENS, SAMUEL L
Autograph note signed to Robert Watt with original albumen print photograph. No place, July 16, 1874
Mark Twain the humorist. Samuel Clemens sent this delightful humorous note with the accompanying half- length standing portrait of the debonair author.
HUTH, HELEN ROSE
Splendid album containing 50 watercolors, 70 photographs, and fine calligraphic selections of poems and prose. Mostly Possingworth and environs, 1879 - ca. 1905
This magnificent, imposing album was made by a prominent late-Victorian hostess, patron of the arts, and gifted amateur artist. Helen Rose Huth was the wife of the banker Louis Huth. The Huths were major art collectors, and Helen sat for both George Frederic Watts and James Abbott McNeill Whistler who painted the celebrated “Arrangement in Black, No. 2: Portrait of Mrs Louis Huth.”
(STOWE, HARRIET BEECHER.) John A. Whipple
Harriet Beecher Stowe. Boston, 1853
This is a fine salt print portrait of Harriet Beecher Stowe by John A. Whipple, a leading early American portrait photographer.
(GEORGE WASHINGTON & MOUNT VERNON.) Israel & Riddle, photographers
The Home of Washington, as it appeared May 14th 1859. Baltimore, H.E. Hoyt & Co., 1859
The earliest dated photograph of Mount Vernon, this is one of the very earliest known photographs of George Washington’s home.
“a pose of the head so essentially Lincolnian; no other artist has ever caught it” --Herndon on the Hesler portrait(LINCOLN.) Alexander Hesler
Abraham Lincoln. Springfield, June 3, 1860 [printed in 1890s]
Lincoln sat for this iconic portrait at the old Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois, just two weeks after he received the Republican nomination for President. On June 3, 1860 Alexander Hesler came to Springfield from Chicago and made a series of four photographs, of which this is the most famous.
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.
(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, scholar and diplomat.
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.