Matte collodion print of Harriet Tubman

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Photograph by
Lindsley, Harvey B., American, 1842 - 1921
Subject of
Tubman, Harriet, American, 1822 - 1913
Owned by
Howland, Emily, American, 1827 - 1929
silver and collodion on printing out paper
H x W (Sheet): 5 3/8 × 3 7/16 in. (13.7 × 8.7 cm)
collodion prints
Collection title
Emily Howland Photograph Album
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Media Arts-Photography
Place captured
Auburn, Cayuga County, New York, United States, North and Central America
1871-1876; printed later
Matte collodion photograph of Harriet Tubman standing in an interior room setting. The full-length portrait shows Tubman facing the photographer in the middle of the frame with her hands resting on the back of an upholstered chair. Tubman wears a dark bodice with metal buttons at the center front and full-length fitted sleeves. A white ruffled lace collar is tied at her neck. Her ankle length skirt is full with gathers at the waist and a wide decorative fabric band around the skirt near the hem. Her shoes with rounded toes are visible below her skirt. Her hair is parted at the center and pulled back at the nape of her neck. A coat or other article of clothing is draped over the chair and a hat is placed on the chair seat. Behind and to Tubman's right is a table covered in a patterned cloth with a book placed on the table top. The floor is carpeted and a painted drop with details mimicking wainscoting and a fluted column is visible in the background. Handwritten on the reverse along the bottom in graphite is the text "Harriet Tubman".
The photograph was found tucked into the back of the album 2017.30, though it is too large to fit into the windowed pages of the album.
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
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain

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