[Phillis Wheatley : copy of engraving : glass plate photonegative]
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)
Wheatley, Phillis 1753-1784
Silver gelatin on glass, 7" x 5"
African Americans Washington (D.C.)
New Coccine (or Crocein Scarlet) dye
Copy negative of an engraving of published slave poet Phillis Wheatley as illustrated by Scipio Moorhead in the frontispiece to her book 'Poems on Various Subjects'. No ink on negative, no edge imprint, no Scurlock number. This glass plate copy negative is broken and taped to a second glass plate. A section of acetate film sheet is taped to fold over the glass plate. This sheet contains only a section of new coccine to lighten the area around the subject's head.
Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History