Carte-de-visite portrait of Samuel Ely

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3 images
Photograph by
Phillips, Henry C., American, 1843 - 1911
Subject of
Ely, Samuel S., American, 1836 - 1898
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 5/16 in. (9.1 × 5.8 cm)
H x W (Image and Mount): 4 × 2 7/16 in. (10.2 × 6.2 cm)
Type
cartes-de-visite
albumen prints
portraits
Place made
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Date
1862-1869
Description
Carte-de-visite of Samuel Ely shown in three-quarter portrait. Ely is seated with his body facing the camera, but his head is turned one quarter to his right and he looks off camera. His hair is parted on the left side and combed smooth to just above his ears and he has a full beard and mustache. His cheeks are tinted pink. Ely wears a dark coat with velvet collar, white shirt, dark bowtie, dark vest, and light pants. A watch chain is visible hanging from his vest buttons. His left elbow is propped on the arm of the chair he sits in white his right hand rests on his right thigh. 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 is the name "Samuel Ely". Handwritten in graphite on the back of the photograph is "Sam. S. Ely. / Wisconsin". Printed on the back of the photograph is a mark for H.C. Phillips with the number "8664" written in.
The photograph is housed in the album 2017.30. The album page has a triple-lined, gold border framing the print. Handwritten in graphite at the bottom of the print is the name "Samuel Ely". Handwritten in graphite on the back of the photograph is "Sam. S. Ely. / Wisconsin". Printed on the back of the photograph is a mark for H.C. Phillips with "8664" handwritten in.
Topic
African American
Antislavery
Military
Photography
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
2017.30.5
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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