Tintype of a woman carrying a medical bag

Photograph by
Unidentified
Subject of
Unidentified Woman or Women
Date
1890s
Medium
collodion and silver on iron with lacquer
Dimensions
H x W: 3 3/8 × 2 3/8 in. (8.6 × 6 cm)
Caption
The woman in this occupational tintype is unidentified, but she bears a strong resemblance to Dr. Sarah Loguen Fraser (1850-1933). An 1876 graduate of Syracuse University College of Medicine, Fraser became the fourth African American female doctor in the United States. She was one of the first female doctors to specialize in obstetrics and pediatrics and was a mentor to black midwives throughout her career.
Description
A tintype occupational portrait of a woman, likely a doctor or possibly a nurse or midwife, carrying a medical bag. The woman is standing tall at the center of the image, looking directly at the camera. She carries a medical bag in her proper left hand. She wears a dark-colored top hat, a two-layered ruffled waist-length cape, a bow tied at the neck, dark-colored gloves, and a long skirt. She is posed in a studio setting, in front of a landscape backdrop.
Place collected
United States, North and Central America
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Type
tintypes
portraits
Topic
Medicine
Midwifery
Photography
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2014.37.14
Restrictions & Rights
Public Domain
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd50c6be7df-d629-4de0-b099-ffbfc30a7b58
2 image(s)