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Unidentified Man

Unidentified Man
Mathew Brady Studio, active 1844 - 1894
Unidentified Man
c. 1860-1870
Photographic Negative
Glass plate collodion negative
Plate: 9 × 6 × 0.2 cm (3 9/16 × 2 3/8 × 1/16")
Support Plate: 9.4 × 19 × 0.3 cm (3 11/16 × 7 1/2 × 1/8")
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard
Home Furnishings\Curtain
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Muttonchops
Unidentified Man: Male
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Hill Meserve Collection
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Collection Description
The Frederick Hill Meserve Collection comprises more than five thousand Civil War-era portrait negatives from the Mathew Brady photography studio in New York City. The collection, which the National Portrait Gallery acquired in 1981, includes portraits of generals, politicians, diplomats, painters, and performers. It also contains depictions of “Human Curiosities” at P. T. Barnum’s American Museum in New York City, that, although highly exploitative, help to document the historical representations of disability in the United States.
La Colección Frederick Hill Meserve contiene más de 5,000 negativos de retratos de la época de la Guerra Civil provenientes del estudio fotográfico de Mathew Brady en la ciudad de Nueva York. Adquirida por la National Portrait Gallery en 1981, la colección incluye retratos de militares, políticos, diplomáticos y artistas. También contiene imágenes de “curiosidades humanas” exhibidas en el American Museum de P.T. Barnum en Nueva York. Estas últimas, a pesar de su índole degradante, nos ayudan a documentar la representación histórica de las personas discapacitadas en EE.UU.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery