Tintype of John H. Copeland in an embossed leather case

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3 images
Photograph by
Unidentified
Subject of
Copeland, John H., American, 1837 - 1892
Medium
collodion and silver on iron with lacquer, glass, velvet, wood, leather, and metal
Dimensions
H x W x D (a): 3 5/8 × 3 1/4 × 3/8 in. (9.2 × 8.3 × 1 cm)
H x W x D (b): 3 5/8 × 3 1/4 × 1/4 in. (9.2 × 8.3 × 0.6 cm)
Type
tintypes
portraits
Place depicted
Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Date
ca. 1860
Description
This black-and-white photograph is a portrait of John H. Copeland seated in a chair with his left elbow propped on a table. He faces straight to the camera and has his right thumb tucked into the opening of his jacket with his fingers in front of the jacket. He wears a double-breasted dark-colored short jacket, plaid pants, a white shirt, a plaid shawl draped over his shoulders, and a large plaid bowtie at his neck. He has a mustache and a neckbeard. Copeland's cheeks are hand-tinted pink and a gold ring on his right index finger is gilded gold. The tintype is housed under glass in a metal frame and inside a burgundy velvet-lined black wooden case with an embossed leather cover. The photograph (a) and lid (b) portions of the case have become completely detached. The case closes with a hook on the right side. A piece of paper is adhered to the top of the lid (b) with handwritten text in ink reading: "Mr. John Copeland / Care of David Miller / Thomasville / Georgia".
Topic
African American
Families
Free communities of color
Photography
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2014.174.7.2ab
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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