Unidentified Man

Description (Brief)
Albumen carte-de-visite made by Mathew Brady. Portrait of an unidentified mustached man dressed in a suit, seated, with book on lap. On verso side, an orange design outlines the printed label. The label reads: "Brady & co's--Brady's National Photographic Portrait Galleries, No 352 Pennsylvania Av. Washington, DC & Broadway & Tenth st. New York."
The Mathew Brady Collection is comprised of approximately 366 items dating from 1851 to 1921 in various formats including cartes-de-visite, cabinet photographs, imperial prints, silver gelatin prints, ambrotypes, albumen prints, stereoscopic photographs, wet collodion glass negatives, albums, models, newspaper clippings and paper. The materials are arranged according to format, and within format by maker. The wet collodion glass negatives are also arranged according to size. The majority of the items consist of military and civilian portraits taken by Mathew Brady himself or by one of the photographers from Brady's studio. Subjects for the collection include the American Civil War, U.S. Presidents, U.S. Heads of State, U.S. military personnel, notable personalities and general portraiture.
Highlights of the collection include portraits of President Abraham Lincoln, General Ulysses S. Grant, General Robert E. Lee, General George Armstrong Custer, Southern Confederacy President Jefferson Davis, President Andrew Johnson, General William T. Sherman, Samuel F. B. Morse, Mathew Brady, Henry Ward Beecher and Edgar Allan Poe. Also of note is a double-sided ambrotype taken by Mathew Brady.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Brady, Mathew B.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 10 cm x 6 cm; 3 15/16 in x 2 3/8 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Civil War
related event
Battle of Antietam, 1862
Civil War
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Seville Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of M.W Seville
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