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Union Sergent John Emery

Artist:
Unknown (American)
Date:
1861–65
Medium:
Tintype with applied color
Dimensions:
Plate: 8.9 x 6.4 cm (3 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.) Case: 10 × 8.9 cm (3 15/16 × 3 1/2 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Fund, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2012
Accession Number:
2012.73
Not on view
The only details presently known about this handsome, young Union sergeant wearing a striped bowtie and an imported English snake belt buckle derive from a small paper note found behind the portrait inside the thermoplastic case: “Uncle John Emery / brother of / Lucy King / buried at E. Concord / died in 1876 / buried at back in right corner.”
Inscription: Inscribed in ink on small paper note found with tintype: "Uncle John Emery // brother of // Lucy King // buried at E. Concord // died in 1876 // buried at back in right corner"
Medhurst & Company, Kansas City, MO

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photography and the American Civil War," April 2, 2013–September 2, 2013.

Gibbes Museum of Art. "Photography and the American Civil War," September 27, 2013–January 5, 2014.

New Orleans Museum of Art. "Photography and the American Civil War," January 31, 2014–May 4, 2014.

Per the vendor, a John Emery served in the 3rd Massachusetts Cavalry or the 2nd Ohio Infantry.
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