Carte-de-visite portrait of Sally Cadwallader Ely

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3 images
Photograph by
Phillips, Henry C., American, 1843 - 1911
Subject of
Ely, Sarah Cadwallader, American, 1836 - 1918
Owned by
Howland, Emily, American, 1827 - 1929
albumen and silver on photographic paper on card mount
H x W (Image): 3 9/16 × 2 5/16 in. (9.1 × 5.8 cm)
H x W (Image and Mount): 4 × 2 7/16 in. (10.1 × 6.2 cm)
albumen prints
Collection title
Emily Howland Photograph Album
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Media Arts-Photography
Place made
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Carte-de-visite of Sarah "Sally" Cadwallader Ely shown in three-quarter length portrait. She is seated with her body turned so that her left side is foremost to the camera. Her right arm is propped on a table covered with a floral cloth and her right hand is resting on her right cheek. Her left arm rests in her lap and she is holding a book with her thumb inside the pages and the book partially open. Her hair is parted at the center and then pinned in ringlets on the sides of her head. Her cheeks are tinted pink. She wears a dark colored dress with a high neck, full-length fitted sleeves, a fitted bodice, and a full skirt. The heavily decorative carved back of the chair she is seated in is partially visible behind her. The bottom portion of the image is purposefully faded in the popular style of the time.
Handwritten in graphite at the bottom of the print and onto the mount is the text "1868 / Sally Cadwallader Ely". Printed on the back of the photograph is a mark for H.C. Phillips.
The photograph is housed in the album 2017.30. The album page has a triple-lined, gold border framing the print. Handwritten on the album page in the lower left corner in graphite is the text "H C PHILLIPS".
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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