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Maker:
unknown  Search this
Physical Description:
ambrotype (overall production method/technique)
wood (overall material)
glass (overall material)
metal (overall material)
velvet (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 3 in x 2 1/2 in; 7.62 cm x 6.35 cm
Object Name:
photograph
Date made:
ca 1861-1865
Description:
Photographs can be powerful connections to the past. Soldiers, for example often had their portraits made before going off to war so that loved ones would have a rememberance of them in the event they did not return. This decorative mat is unusual and suggests the pride the owner may have felt about his status as a fighting soldier.
Ambrotypes were most popular in the mid-1850s, and, therefore, are less common than other formats for portraits of Civil War soldiers. Ambrotypes are cased collodian negatives backed by dark cloth, paper, or varnish. In this example, pink coloring has been applied to the subjects's cheeks to make the portrait feel more warm and human.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Civil War  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Warren Fox Kaynor, Waterbury Companies
ID Number:
PG.75.17.927
Accession number:
322775
See more items in:
Work and Industry: Photographic History
Military
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_834652