Anthony Bowen [black-and-white cellulose acetate photonegative]
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)
Eastman Kodak Company
Bowen, Anthony 1805-1872
Silver gelatin on cellulose acetate film sheet, 7" x 5"
African Americans Washington (D.C.)
Shaw (Washington, D.C.)
James Porter was a painter and professor of art at Howard University. This copy negative might have been made for his use. Anthony Bowen, a former slave, founded in 1853 the 12th Street YMCA, located at 1816 12th Street, N.W., in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Bowen.)
Copy negative of an oval matted portrait of Anthony Bowen. The original subject appears to be a hand-painted photograph (sometimes called a "crayon portrait"), possibly dating from the 1860s. Ink on negative: "Mr. James Porter H.U." (crossed out) and "Anthony Bowen". Two pieces of masking tape are on the base side of the negative. "K" written in the right-hand corner of the original envelope. "A.N." is written and "SCURLOCK 900 YOU ST., N.W. WASHINGTON, D.C." is stamped on the envelope also. "EASTMAN--SAFETY--KODAK 52" edge imprint. No Scurlock number.
Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History