Cabinet card of Frederick Douglass with his grandson, Joseph Douglass

Photograph by
Bourdon, Denis, Canadian
Notman Photo Company, American, 1866 - 1894
Subject of
Douglass, Frederick, American, 1818 - 1895
Douglass, Joseph Henry, American, 1871 - 1935
May 10, 1894
albumen and silver on photographic paper on card mount
H x W: 6 1/2 × 4 1/4 in. (16.5 × 10.8 cm)
This carte-de-visite is found in Series 6 of the Charlene Hodges Byrd Collection. This collection documents the personal life and professional career of Charlene Hodges Byrd as well as her related family members from various areas throughout the Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, D.C. This collection is comprised of correspondence, ephemera and photographs discussing family life, religion, race, education as well as the family relationship with Frederick Douglass and his family. The collection is available for research by contacting NMAAHC Archives at or see our collections in the Smithsonian Online Virtual Archives available here:
A cabinet card of Frederick Douglass and his grandson Joseph Douglass. Frederick Douglass is featured on the right side of the image and sits in a chair holding papers in his hands atop his lap. Joseph Douglass, in the left side of the image, sits atop a table and holds a violin in his proper right hand. His proper left hand is resting on the back of his grandfather. The bottom of the card has a maker's mark and address for Notman Photographic Company in Boston.
Place made
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
Charlene Hodges Byrd Collection
Media Arts-Photography
Archival Collections
cabinet photographs
albumen prints
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Dr. Charlene Hodges Byrd
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain