Photograph by
Whipple, John Adams, American, 1822 - 1891
Subject of
Child, Lydia Maria, American, 1802 - 1880
Owned by
Howland, Emily, American, 1827 - 1929
ca. 1865
albumen and silver on photographic paper on card mount
H x W (Image): 3 9/16 × 2 1/4 in. (9 × 5.7 cm)
H x W (Image and Mount): 4 1/8 × 2 7/16 in. (10.5 × 6.2 cm)
Carte-de-visite of Lydia Maria Child shown in half portrait. Child is seated behind the corner of a white columned banister, possibly on a balcony outside a house with wooden siding next to a window with a lace curtain. Her left elbow is propped on the railing and her left hand rests on her chin. She holds a book in her right hand, which she is reading. Her hair is parted at the center and gathered into curls or braided above her ears, then pulled behind her head. She wears a dark colored bodice and skirt with dropped bell sleeves and white lace collar. There is a ring with a dark stone on her left hand ring finger.
The text "John A. Whipple / 297 Washington Street / Boston." is printed on the back of the photograph.
The photograph is housed in the album 2017.30. The album page has a triple-lined, gold border framing the print. Handwritten in graphite inside the bottom border of the printed frame of the album page is the text "L. M. Child". Handwritten in the lower left corner of the album page in graphite is the text "John A. Whipple / 247 WASH. St. Boston".
Place captured
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
Emily Howland Photograph Album
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Media Arts-Photography
Abolitionist movement
albumen prints
Reconstruction, U.S. History, 1865-1877
U.S. History, Civil War, 1861-1865
Credit Line
Collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture shared with the Library of Congress
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain

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