On View
Military History Gallery
Exhibition
Double Victory: The African American Military Experience
Created by
Unidentified
Subject of
Tibbs, Qualls, American, 1836 - 1922
Date
1864 - 1865
Medium
silver nitrate on glass photographic plate
Dimensions
H x W (Image): 3 1/4 × 2 3/4 in. (8.3 × 7 cm)
H x W (Case): 3 5/8 x 3 3/16 x 3/8 in. (9.2 x 8.1 x 1 cm)
Description
Ambrotype of a soldier depicted seated on a wooden chair with one end of a P1853 Enfield musket held by his right hand near his right hip. The musket extends diagonally across his torso, its barrel held near his shoulder in the long fingers of his left hand; his left elbow rests on the top of the chair. He wears a dark-colored cap, dark-colored frock coat over a lapelled shirt, and light-colored trousers. His belt is closed with a metal plate buckle and a cartridge box belt crosses his chest. Metal on the uniform appears to have been touched up with gold paint, which has the unfortunate result of masking emblems on the kepi, belts, and buttons. The ambrotype is in a decorative gold case.
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Media Arts-Photography
Type
ambrotypes
portraits
Topic
Military
Photography
Slavery
U.S. History, Civil War, 1861-1865
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2011.4.2ab
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd56341e1ee-3a97-44c3-ab08-3a330a7b3740

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