Ambrotype of a white baby being held by a man

Created by
Unidentified
Subject of
Unidentified Man or Men
Unidentified Child or Children
Date
1855-1860
On View
Concourse 3, C3 053
Museum MapsObjects in this Location
Exhibition
Slavery and Freedom
Medium
silver nitrate on glass photographic plates with metal and textile materials
Dimensions
H x W: 2 1/2 x 2 in. (6.4 x 5.1 cm)
Description
This 1/9 plate cased ambrotype depicts a white baby being held for the camera by a black man whose shoulder and hands are visible, but is otherwise unseen. The baby's cheeks have been tinted pink. The photograph is in a decorative copper-colored metal oval frame with a floral, star, and scroll motif and is held in a brown case with red textile lining. There are decorative impressions on the front and back of the case, which fastens with a small metal hook and eye closure along one edge.
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Media Arts-Photography
Type
ambrotypes
portraits
Topic
Children
Photography
Slavery
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2008.9.3
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd571258ee7-f117-4ef4-a276-78e51e3858e0
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