Photo, Print, Drawing [African American woman holding a white child]

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About this Item

Title

  • [African American woman holding a white child]

Created / Published

  • [ca. 1855]

Subject Headings

  • -  African Americans--Women--1850-1860
  • -  Children--1850-1860

Headings

  • Ambrotypes--Hand-colored--1850-1860.
  • Group portraits--1850-1860.
  • Portrait photographs--1850-1860.

Genre

  • Portrait photographs--1850-1860
  • Group portraits--1850-1860
  • Ambrotypes--Hand-colored--1850-1860

Notes

  • -  Caption label from exhibit "American Treasures Memory": Nursemaid and Child. Although household slaves held higher status than field hands, this partial portrait of a nursemaid confirms that higher status was relative. The photographer chose to obscure the nursemaid's face, directing our attention to the white child as the main subject of this ambrotype heightening the infant's prominence by hand-coloring the face and dress. By the late-1850s, the glass ambrotype had replaced the silver-coated copper plate of the daguerreotype for popular photographic portraiture, because it was less expensive and faster to produce.
  • -  Rinhart, no. 119.
  • -  Modern handwritten note in case: Slave nanny/white child image came from an estate sale somewhere in the flat lands delta area of Arkansas. Likely from one of the following Arkansas towns: Helena, West Memphis, Forest City, Elaine, Brinkley, Cotton Plant, Clarendon, Pine Bluff.
  • -  Purchase; Bruce Kusrow; 1994; (DLC/PP-1994:035).
  • -  Forms part of: Ambrotype/Tintype photograph filing series (Library of Congress).
  • -  Published as "Nursemaid with her charge" in When they were young : a photographic retrospective of childhood from the Library of Congress / Robert Coles. Carlsbad, Calif. : Kales Press ..., c2002, p. 85.
  • -  Exhibited: When they were young, Library of Congress, 2002-2003.
  • -  Exhibited: "Only skin deep" at the International Center for Photography, N.Y., 2003-2005.
  • -  Exhibited: "Called to the Camera: Black American Studio Photographers" at the New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124, September 15, 2022-January 8, 2023.

Medium

  • 1 photograph : ruby ambrotype, sixth-plate, hand-colored ; 9.0 x 8.1 cm (case)

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AMB/TIN no. 1321 [P&P]

Source Collection

  • Ambrotype/Tintype filing series (Library of Congress)

Repository

Digital Id

  • ppmsca 80097 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.80097
  • ppmsca 80098 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.80098
  • ppmsca 80099 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.80099
  • cph 3g05251 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3g05251

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 99404291

Reproduction Number

  • LC-DIG-ppmsca-80097 (digital file from original, case open) LC-DIG-ppmsca-80098 (digital file from original, case closed front) LC-DIG-ppmsca-80099 (digital file from original, case closed back) LC-USZC4-5251 (color film copy transparency)

Rights Advisory

  • No known restrictions on publication.

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  • image

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  • Call Number: AMB/TIN no. 1321 [P&P]
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