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Guide to the Imperial Portrait Photograph File
[1856-1870]
 PR 210

New-York Historical Society
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Description is in English.

Container List

Series II: Portraits by Alexander Gardner

Scope and Contents note

Series II. Portraits by Alexander Gardner contains albumen portraits of government officials and prominent figures in the Civil War, all of whom were photographed in Gardner's Washington, DC, studio in the mid-1860s. The series is arranged in two subseries: Individuals and Groups. The origin of the photographs is unknown, but they appear to have arrived at the Society as unmounted albumen prints which were then attached to sheets of card stock by the Society's bindery staff.

There are individual portraits of seven men, three of whom, David Farragut, Marsena Patrick, and William T. Sherman, were leaders in the Union forces. Sitters Benjamin Baker French, Hugh McCulloch, and William Seward were officials in President Lincoln's administration, and Peter Force was an historian, collector, compiler, and ex-mayor of Washington, DC.

Groups include several portraits that appeared as wood engraved illustrations in Harper's Weekly. Notable among them are two formal portraits that were published in 1865: one of Col. Lafayette Baker, Lt. Luther Baker, and Lt. Col. Everton Conger planning the capture of John Wilkes Booth (May 13th, page 292), and another of Lt. Col. Pritchard, Capt. Hudson, and Lt. Stauber, the three captors of Jefferson Davis, a modified version which appeared on page 373 of the June 17th issue. The latter illustration carried a credit line of  Photographed by Gardner, and Published by Philip & Solomon, Washington, D.C.

Individuals

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 22 Farragut, David G. (1801-1870)

General note

albumen photograph, 18 1/2 x 16 in.

undated
Box: 5 Folder : 22 Force, Peter (1790-1868)

General note

albumen photograph, 18 7/8 x 15 5/8 in.

undated
Box: 5 Folder : 22 French, Benjamin Baker (1800-1880)

General note

albumen photograph, 18 5/8 x 15 3/4 in.

undated
Box: 5 Folder : 23 McCulloch, Hugh (1808-1895)

General note

salted paper photograph, 19 x 16 in.

1865
Box: 5 Folder : 23 Patrick, Marsena R. (1811-1888)

General note

albumen photograph, 18 1/2 x 15 1/2 in.

undated
Box: 5 Folder : 23 Seward, William H. (1801-1872)

General note

salted paper photograph, 19 x 15 1/2 in.

1865 Jun.
Box: 5 Folder : 23 Sherman, William T. (1820-1891)

General note

salted paper photograph, 18 7/8 x 14 3/4 in.

1865 Jun.

Groups

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 24 [Captors of Jefferson Davis (Pritchard, Hudson, Stauber)]

General note

albumen photograph

1865
Box: 5 Folder : 24 [Committee of the House of Representatives reading Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation]

General note

albumen photograph, 15 1/2 x 19 in.

1864
Box: 5 Folder : 24 Grant, Ulysses S., and family

General note

albumen photograph

undated
Box: 5 Folder : 24 Members of the Military Commission, Convened for the Trial of the Accomplices of Booth, the assassin of the President

General note

albumen photograph, 11 1/4 x 17 in., on printed studio mount

1865
Box: 5 Folder : 25 [Planning the capture of Booth and Harold (Baker, Baker, and Conger)]

General note

albumen photograph, 19 1/8 x 15 7/8 in.

1865 May
Box: 5 Folder : 25 [Reporters of New York and Philadelphia in Washington]

General note

albumen photograph, 15 1/4 x 19 in.

1865 Apr.
Box: 5 Folder : 25 Sherman, William T., and his staff

General note

albumen photograph, 15 x 18 1/2 in.

undated
Box: 5 Folder : 25 United States Supreme Court

General note

albumen photograph, 13 1/8 x 18 1/2 in.

1868

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