Carte-de-visite of Sojourner Truth

Photograph by
Unidentified
Subject of
Truth, Sojourner, American, 1797 - 1883
Caldwell, James, American, ca. 1844 - unknown
54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, American, 1863 - 1865
Date
1863
Medium
albumen and silver nitrate on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (Mount): 4 x 2 1/2 in. (10.2 x 6.4 cm)
Description
A carte-de-visite portrait of Sojourner Truth, showing the subject seated with a daguerreotype of her grandson, James Caldwell of Co. H, 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, on her lap. Truth wears a dot print dress, striped jacket, dark-colored apron, a light-colored shawl over her shoulders, and a light-colored cap. She looks straight at the camera. Her proper right hand sits at her waist and her proper left hand appears to point at the daguerrotype lying open on her lap. There are no inscriptions on the front. On the back is the inscription [Sojourner Truth] and an identification number.
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Media Arts-Photography
Type
cartes-de-visite
albumen prints
portraits
Topic
Antislavery
Families
Motherhood
Photography
Slavery
Social reform
United States Colored Troops
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2012.46.11
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd57d415807-3415-4928-9b85-6e3452551f70
2 image(s)