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Government Coal Wharf, Alexandria, Virginia

Andrew Joseph Russell (American, 1830–1902)

Date:
ca. 1863
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
Image: 22.9 x 32.8 cm (9 x 12 15/16 in.) Mount: 35.6 x 43.2 cm (14 x 17 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Private Collection, Courtesy of William L. Schaeffer
  • Description

    Long before the war, Alexandria, Virginia, served as an important coal depot for the nation’s capital. This contemplative view from the shore offers a glimpse of the side-wheeler South America and, to the right, a smaller steam vessel Titan. Russell placed two men in the foreground whose attention, like the photographer’s, seems focused on the subtle but hard-won pleasures of this marine scene.

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