Portrait of a Young Man

Portrait of a Young Man

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Cased bust-length portrait of a young man with ear-length, curly hair, parted at his left, facing and looking at the viewer. He wears a coat, vest and cravat around high collar. Cheeks hand-tinted pink. Plain, light background. Hinged, black oval Union case features a low-relief design of doves kissing amidst roses on front and back. Front interior is lined with stamped purple velvet, while portrait is framed with a gilded acanthus-leaf preserver. Internal snap clasp at side. No marks.
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Object Name
case, photograph
date made
1860 - 1870
place made
United States: Virginia, Alexandria
Physical Description
albumen silver print from glass negative (photograph production method/technique)
paper (photograph material)
thermoplastic (case material)
brass (case hardware material)
velvet (case lining material)
glass (photograph housing material)
gold (preserver material)
overall: 5/8 in x 2 1/8 in x 1 7/8 in; 1.5875 cm x 5.3975 cm x 4.7625 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of The Heirs of William and Dennis Ramsay
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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