Tintype portrait of USCT soldier William Johnson

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3 images
Photograph by
Frenzel, Louis, German-American, 1820 - 1906
Subject of
Johnson, William, American
Owned by
Howland, Emily, American, 1827 - 1929
Medium
collodion and silver on iron with lacquer
Dimensions
H x W (Image): 2 1/8 × 1 5/8 in. (5.4 × 4.2 cm)
H x W (Image and Mount): 3 15/16 × 2 3/8 in. (10 × 6 cm)
Type
tintypes
portraits
Place depicted
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Date
ca. 1865
Description
Tintype of USCT soldier William Johnson shown in full portrait. Johnson is seated and facing the camera, with his left elbow and hand resting on table covered in an ornate cloth. His right hand is tucked into the buttons of his frock coat and his right leg is crossed over the left at the knee. He wears his uniform kepi, frock coat, and trousers. The tintype is house in its original "Potters Patent" die-cut paper frame with an oval cut out to display the image. An ornate frame is embossed around the cut out.
Handwritten in graphite on the mount below the tintype is the text "William Johnson / Col,d Soldier from Ky." The back of the mount has information about Frenzel's picture gallery and the prices of photographs.
The tintype is housed in the album 2017.30. The album page has a triple-lined, gold border framing the print.
Topic
African American
Military
Photography
United States Colored Troops
United States--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
2017.30.33
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
Emily Howland Photograph Album
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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