Exhibitions/ Art Object

[Portrait of a Man]

Artist:
Unknown (American)
Date:
1860s
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative with applied color
Dimensions:
67.3 x 60.3 cm (26.5 x 23 3/4 in. )
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of Stanley B. Burns and the Burns Family, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.532.1
Not on view
The hand-painted photographic portrait found an enthusiastic audience in the American public; framed portraits like this one were a fixture of the middle class parlor from the late 1850s to the early years of this century. Although dismissed by some highbrow painters and photographers, this hybrid art-form flourished because it neatly combined two widely desired but often contradictory goals of popular portraiture: likeness and flattery.
Inscription: Inscriptions should be recorded when object is unframed.
This is part of a pair of painted studio portraits, see [Portrait of a Woman] (1996.532.2).
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