Label

This rare antebellum salted paper print is an early photograph of Mount Vernon which carries a printed date. Still in its original mount with lithographed title and decorative border, this photograph records the appearance of the Mansion a year before the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association opened it to the public. Taken from a northeast perspective, it shows the masts of ships that were used to prop up the roof after several columns on the piazza rotted away.

Description

Salt print photograph of Mount Vernon, in original mount with lithographed decorative border, title and date all in gilt. This photograph was taken from a northeast perspective and shows the masts of ships used to prop up the roof after several columns on the piazza had rotted away. Standing with one arm resting upon a white-painted board fence protecting a small tree is a man wearing a dark suit and top hat.

Date

May 14, 1859


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Material/Technique

Salted paper (photograph), gilt, heavy wove paper (mount)


Dimensions

Overall (Image): 5 1/4 in. x 7 1/2 in. (13.34 cm x 19.05 cm)
Overall (Mount): 7 in. x 8 7/8 in. (17.78 cm x 22.54 cm)


Credit Line

Purchased with funds donated by Mrs. Jared I. Edwards, Vice Regent for Connecticut, 2009


Marks

Recto, on mount, centered beneath image, printed in gilt: Photographed by Israel Biddle Expressly for H.E. Hoyt & Co., No. 41 Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Md.

Recto, on mount, bottom right corner just beneath decorative border, printed in gilt: Lith by E. Sachse & Co. Balt.

Recto, on mount, centered beneath decorative border, printed in gilt: THE / HOME OF WASHINGTON. / As it appeared May 14th 1859

Recto, on mount, bottom left corner, printed in gilt: Gift No. 139


Object Number

Photo-7176


Colors (Beta)


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