Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Catalog Data

Published by:
Philp & Solomons, American, founded 1859  Search this
Photograph by:
Alexander Gardner, Scottish, 1821 - 1882  Search this
Subject of:
Unidentified Child or Children  Search this
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
albumen and silver on photographic paper on card mount
H x W (image): 3 3/8 × 2 1/8 in. (8.6 × 5.4 cm)
H x W (card): 3 15/16 × 2 3/8 in. (10 × 6 cm)
albumen prints
Place made:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
1864 - 1866
Carte-de-visite of a young woman and two children. The woman is pictured seated in the center of the image, flanked by two young girls standing next to her. The woman is wearing a long, dot-patterned dress with bow at the collar. Her proper right arm is around the shoulders of the youngest girl, who stands with her proper left hand on the woman's knee, gripping her the fabric of her dress. The girl on the right is wearing a dark, gingham long-sleeved dress and heavy black shoes with her hair plaited back. The younger girl on the left is wearing a plaid long-sleeved dress, visible white petticoat, white socks, and black shoes, her hair also plaited. On the back of the photograph is the photographer’s stamp with and image of the United States Capitol building at center. The stamp reads “ALEX. GARDNER./ Photographer to the Army of the Potomac / GALLERIES / 511 Seventh Street and 332 Pennsylvania Av. / Published by / Philp & Solomons, / Washington, D.C.” Below the photographer’s stamp is a 2 cent George Washington stamp surrounded with an ornate border.
African American  Search this
American South  Search this
Photography  Search this
Slavery  Search this
U.S. History, 1815-1861  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Liljenquist Family
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Liljenquist Family Collection
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture