Cabinet card of Mary Jane Hale Welles in a funeral dress by Elizabeth Keckley

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2 images
Photograph by
Ulke, Henry, German-American, 1821 - 1910
Subject of
Welles, Mary Jane Hale, American, 1817 - 1886
Keckley, Elizabeth Hobbs, American, 1818 - 1907
Medium
albumen and silver on photographic paper on cardboard
Dimensions
H x W (Image): 5 1/2 × 3 7/8 in. (14 × 9.9 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 6 7/16 × 4 3/16 in. (16.4 × 10.6 cm)
Type
cabinet photographs
albumen prints
portraits
Place used
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Date
1866
Caption
This portrait depicts Mary Jane Hale Welles, wife of Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, in a funeral dress. The dress is said to have been sewn and designed by Elizabeth Keckley for the funeral of her son Hubert Gideon Welles in 1862, and again worn by Welles at the funeral of President Lincoln in 1865.
Description
This is a cabinet card portrait of Mary Jane Hale Welles in a funeral dress, on a Henry Ulke mount that has a narrow black border. This full length portrait shows Mary Jane Hale Welles standing in a three quarters turn away from the camera. Wearing a dark colored full-length dress with a train and a dark colored lace shawl, she gazes directly at the viewer. Her right hand rests on a small side table next to her with two books stacked on it. The print is on a card mount with text on the reverse that reads "Henry Ulke, / 278 Pennsylvania Avenue. / Washington, D.C. / 1866."
Topic
African American
Clothing and dress
Craftsmanship
Free communities of color
Motherhood
Photography
United States--Social life and customs
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2018.35.2.2
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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