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The American Civil War: Paintings on the Battlefront and Home Front

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[Young Man, Standing, beside Empty Chair with Civil War Kepi on Seat, and Worn Boots, in Studio]

C. Burgess (American)

Date:
ca. 1865
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
Image: 8.6 x 5.4 cm (3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.) Mount: 10.2 x 6.4 cm (4 x 2 1/2 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Buck Zaidel Collection
  • Description

    The vast majority of Civil War portrait photographs are unidentified. One day, researchers may discover the identity and circumstances of the young man whom a Troy, New York, photographer recorded standing beside a conspicuously empty studio chair. A pair of worn boots and a soldier’s kepi on the seat complete the composition. Is the subject mourning a lost comrade, a brother, his father? Or might he be portraying himself as a civilian contemplating the loss of his former self, a Civil War soldier? For some, the mystery may be more beautiful and pleasing than any future clarification could offer.

  • Provenance

    Buck Zaidel

302393

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