Carte-de-visite portrait of John W. Menard

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4 images
Photograph by
Leeson, William H., American
Subject of
Menard, John Willis, American, 1838 - 1893
Swymmer and Leeson, American, 1866 - 1868
Owned by
Howland, Emily, American, 1827 - 1929
Medium
albumen and silver on photographic paper on card mount
Dimensions
H x W (Image): 3 9/16 × 2 3/16 in. (9.1 × 5.6 cm)
H x W (Image and Mount): 3 15/16 × 2 3/8 in. (10 × 6.1 cm)
Type
cartes-de-visite
albumen prints
portraits
Place captured
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
Date
1868-1870
Description
Carte-de-visite of John W. Menard shown in bust portrait. Menard's body is turned nearly in profile with his left side foremost, but his head is turned only one quarter and he looks slightly off frame. His hair is parted at his left side and smooth down on the top, but curly on the sides. He has a mustache. Menard wears a dark colored jacket, white shirt, and dark bowtie. The bottom portion of the image is purposefully faded in the popular style of the time. There is a double-lined border printed in gold ink surrounding the outside edges of the card mount.
Handwritten in graphite at the bottom of the print is the text "J. WIllis Menard". All of the mark on the back of the photograph for Swymmer & Leeson except "& LEESON, No. STREET." has been crossed out, with "167 Poydras Street" inscribed at the bottom in ink.
The photograph is housed in the album 2017.30. The album page has a triple-lined, gold border framing the print. Handwritten in graphite in the lower left corner of the album page is the text "Swymmer / Leeson".
Topic
African American
Antislavery
Photography
Politics (Practical)
Reconstruction (United States History, 1865-1877)
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
2017.30.35
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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